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Brandi Gabbard wins police union backing in St. Pete City Council District 2 race

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Brandi Gabbard won the backing of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association in her bid for the District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

“Your St. Petersburg police officers represented locally by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are proud to endorse Brandi Gabbard for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2,” said George Lofton, President of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. “Her understanding of what it takes to keep St. Petersburg vibrant and successful shows in her involvement in our city. As a longtime supporter of our local police, we’re confident her first priority is to keep our city’s residents and visitors safe. We’re proud to have Brandi Gabbard as a partner in our efforts and urge citizens to elect her to City Council.”

“Public safety is the most mportant service our city provides,” Gabbard responded in a statement. “I am honored to have the endorsement of the Sun Coast PBA and look forward to working with them for years to come. It is imperative that our law enforcement officers have the tools, technology, training and support they need to do the best job they can in protecting our citizens. I stand with our police, firefighters, and emergency personnel as we work together to better our communities.”

An Indiana native, Gabbard is a Realtor making her first run for office this year in District 2, where she’s facing banker Barclay Harless. 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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