Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni endorsed Barclay Harless for the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 seat Monday.
“In order to have seamless cooperation on big-ticket projects, we need elected officials who understand how the different layers of government interact. I was proud to appoint Barclay to the Pinellas Charter Review where he championed a ballot amendment—which ultimately passed countywide—that stipulates citizen-drawn redistricting for the County Commission. This is a testament to his work ethic and vision for our community. I proudly stand with Barclay in his campaign for St. Pete City Council District 2,” Morroni said.
Harless, a commercial banker, is a former aide to Darryl Rouson during his time as a state Representative. He is running against real estate agent Brandi Gabbard for the seat currently held by term-limited council member Jim Kennedy.
District 2 encompasses the Gateway and North St. Pete areas.
“Having worked across the aisle in the Florida Legislature, with local leaders on the Pinellas County Charter Review Board, with the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce and with the small businesses that have revolutionized our urban core, I am ready to take on the issues facing our city,” Harless said in a campaign press release. “I was raised with two basic fundamentals: one, be direct and honest in dealing with others. Two, tackle problems with a can-do, pragmatic approach.”
Harless has served on the board of R’Club Childcare, Inc., and the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration for three and half years. Barclay has been the state policy chair in the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on grant boards for the Suncoast United Way.
Primaries for the City of St. Petersburg municipal races are Aug. 29; general election at-large voting is Nov. 7.