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Associated Builders and Contractors endorse Rick Baker for St. Pete Mayor

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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is supporting Rick Baker for St. Petersburg Mayor.

“Rick Baker understands that administrative red tape hurts small business. He will fix it,” said Jason Spears, Peninsular Mechanical, in a statement Thursday.

Established in 1979, the Spears family owns Peninsular Mechanical, a 35-person small business that handles design-build air conditioning projects.

“I’m honored to have the support of the Associated Builders and Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter,” said Baker, candidate for Mayor. “I look forward to continuing our conversations with industry representatives on how to best move forward and support jobs in the construction industry and related fields throughout our region.”

“Baker has a proven history of positively working with the commercial construction industry to ensure smart growth in St. Petersburg,” said Steve Cona, ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter President and CEO. “He understands how free enterprise principles can bring necessary services to every neighborhood which helps create a seamless city.”

ABC is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit

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