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Ed Montanari gains two key supporters for St. Pete City Council bid

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Ed Montanari grews his list of supporters with the addition of two prominent names to his host committee.

State Rep. Kathleen Peters and St. Petersburg Free Clinic CEO Beth Houghton have joined Montanari’s list of co-chairs.

In a tweet, Peters wrote, “Happy to be named a Co Chair of the @EdMontanari Campaign for St Petersburg City Council.”

They then directed followers to his campaign website where supporters can contribute to Montanari’s campaign.

Peters and Houghton join former St. Pete Mayors Rick Baker and Bill Foster and Councilmembers Amy Foster and Bill Dudley on the host committee.

So far, Montanari has not drawn a challenger for his District 3 bid. If elected, he will replace Dudley on the council. Dudley is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]

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