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Builders and contractors group gets behind Justin Bean’s City Council bid

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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.


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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