Considering that he’s one of the very few registered Republicans running in the St. Petersburg District 6 race, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Justin Bean has received an endorsement from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC).
ABC has a successful record of backing many Republicans in local races over the years.
“We are confident that he will continue his work in the community to lead St. Pete toward a period of growth and economic prosperity,” says Steve Cona, President and CEO of ABC in a statement. “He is a believer in the value of the free market who will employ a system of fair play that will create a St. Petersburg that works for everyone.”
The 30-year-old Bean works as the business development and sales manager at Reusable Transport Packaging, a web-based sales and marketing company in St. Petersburg. He also chairs the Williams Park Partnership and SmartBurg.
“As a business person, I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of ABC,” said Bean. “Like ABC, I believe that everyone should be judged on their own merit and have an equal opportunity to succeed in business and in life. I am thankful for their endorsement and look forward to working with them once elected.”
Bean has raised more than $20,000 in the crowded, eight person field of candidates vying to win the seat currently held by incumbent Karl Nurse.
The next debate between the District 6 candidates is scheduled to take place Monday night in City Hall in St. Petersburg.