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Jamie Bennett enters mayor’s race

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Promising a bold vision for St. Petersburg, Councilman Jamie Bennett will announce his candidacy for Mayor on January 16 at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall at 175 Fifth Street North.
“Since we last elected a new mayor to lead our city, St. Petersburg has indeed made progress, but not all of our city has progressed equally,” writes Bennett in his prepared remarks. “We need smart, compassionate leadership that unifies us behind shared, ambitious goals.”

In addition to filing the paperwork to run for office, Bennett will announce the framework of his OneStPetersburg Campaign. “I promise to run a campaign based on policy and proposals, not platitudes or broken promises. In the coming weeks I will be touring all eight city districts, meeting with my fellow citizens where I will outline my specific ideas for how to improve our city and hear what the residents want in their next Mayor.”

Respectful of the budgetary constraints facing all levels of government, Bennett emphasizes the need to “revolutionize” city government. “The city government I plan to lead will be more open and inclusive, with neighborhood leaders having a larger role in the decision-making process.” Bennett also promises a city government more empathetic with the plight of residents feeling the pain of the nation’s economic downturn, “City government is perhaps the last line between a family keeping their home or losing it to foreclosure.”
As a small business owner operating for more than 25 years and a city council member for the past eight years, Bennett says he offers a unique blend of experience in both the private and public sectors. “There are some candidates who have never worked inside City Hall, while there are others who have never faced the day-to-day issues of running a small business. I offer the voters of St. Petersburg a balanced perspective.” Bennett has had a wide variety of experiences including serving two years as a teacher with the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya. Bennett, a St Petersburg resident for 30 years, is married with three children and holds a Master’s Degree from Stetson University.
Bob Devin Jones, the co-founder of Studio @620, introducing Bennett, states, “Jamie Bennett is a leader we can be proud of, a fighter who has the needed sense of leadership and uses common sense to make good decisions for the entire community.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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