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Email Insights: Ed Montanari issues thank you to supporters one week into St. Pete City Council campaign

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St. Pete City Council candidate Ed Montanari is thanking supporters now that he’s officially gotten one week under his campaign belt.

“I am very thankful for all your well wishes and notes of support,” Montanari wrote in an email blast to supporters.

Montanari announced last week he’d be seeking current council member Bill Dudley’s seat later this year. Dudley defeated Montanari in 2007 by just 300 votes.

Dudley is now one of Montanari’s impressive list of supporters. Dudley serves on Montanari’s host committee along with prominent St. Pete figures like former Mayors Rick Baker and Bill Foster and council member Amy Foster.

Montanari has remained engaged in city politics since that defeat, serving on high-profile committees seeking solutions to problems like the St. Pete Pier and the Tampa Bay Rays stadium debacle.

He’s also served on the Albert Whitted Airport Advisory Council.

Montanari himself is an airline pilot and served in the Air Force as a pilot and instructor from 1981 until 1989.

Montanari is asking supporters to make donations to his campaign via his website. He’s also directing supporters to a growing list of media coverage surrounding his campaign including three stories from SaintPetersblog.

So far, no one has jumped in the race to challenge Montanari.

The qualifying period for that race runs from June 9-22.

Here is Montanari’s full email:

Thank you for an overwhelming first week on the campaign trail.  I am very thankful for all your well wishes and notes of support. 

I hope you will take a moment to read the write-ups (see links below) from our announcement and view our growing “List of Supporters” by visiting our website

You can also sign-up for updates and contribute to the campaign at the website.

Don’t forget about our Campaign kickoff event on Tuesday, April 28th at 5:30 at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House in St Petersburg. 

You can RSVP by replying to this email or calling us at (727) 201-5449.

As always I welcome your feedback and look forward to serving you on City Council.


Ed 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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