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Email insights: Ed Montanari celebrates key endorsement and good fundraising

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St. Pete City Council candidate Ed Montanari is thanking supporters for another good week on the trail. In an email he proudly announces his recent endorsement by the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association.

The group offered its key endorsement as St. Pete Police were still reeling from an officer-involved shooting that left one officer injured and a suspect dead.

Montanari also wrote that he enjoyed a successful campaign fundraiser hosted by the Young Floridians for Opportunity. The group strives to support candidates who will “support the American dream.”

“It was great to listen, discuss, and share our vision for moving St. Petersburg forward with a group of young professionals that are so committed to our city,” Montanari wrote.

Montanari called the event a success and continues to encourage supporters to contribute to his campaign on his website, but he has not yet filed campaign documents outlining how much he’s brought in so far.

He’ll be attending another fundraising event Thursday, May 28, at Green Bench Brewing from 5:30-7:30.

So far, Montanari has not drawn a challenger for the District 3 seat he’s trying to win.

If elected, Montanari will replace incumbent Bill Dudley, who is leaving office due to term limits. Dudley has also endorsed Montanari.

The two faced off for the seat eight years ago when Dudley narrowly defeated Montanari.

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 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

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