? have decided to seek this office because the near term economic circumstances require enterprising, innovative and outside-of-the-box solutions,?said Gerdes in a prepared statement, ?o preserve the quality of life in our City without compromising the bright promise of St. Pete? future generations.?
As an attorney, Gerdesfocuses his practice on commercial litigation, putting to use the strong business experience he developed during a 19-year professional career with Raytheon in the defense contracting industry. According to his law firm’s website, he has represented business owners, contractors, real estate developers, doctors and other professionals in business litigation matters and also practices appellate law.
Gerdes previously ran for office in 2006, challenging state Representative Rick Kriseman for the District 53 seat in the Florida House. “It wasn’t so much that I was running against Rick, whom I respect, it was more that I was running for office so that I could contribute something to the community,” Gerdes said during a phone interview.
Giving back to the community is a quality to which Gerdes is committed.He has served as a board member and president of A Brighter Day of Pinellas County, Inc, since 2004, and he was a member and chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle from 2007 to 2010. Gerdes is currently serving a three-year term as an executive member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.
Candidates for City Council must be a registered voter of the City of St. Petersburg and must have been a resident of the declared district for at least the past 12 months, as of the date of the primary election.
The primary election is scheduled for August 30, 2011. The top two vote-getters in that election then move on to the general election scheduled for November 8, 2011.