Kathleen Peters, who’s running for re-election in Florida House District 69, announced Tuesday she is receiving the endorsement of six mayors and several council members.
Mayors Max Elson of South Pasadena, Bob Minning of Treasure Island, Travis Palladeno of Madeira Beach, Nick Simons of Redington Beach, Bill Queen of North Redington Beach, and Sandra Bradbury of Pinellas Park have thrown their support to Peters.
In addition to the mayoral endorsements, Peters also has been endorsed by Gulfport Council members Dan Liedtke and Christine Brown, Pinellas Park Council members Rick Butler and Jerry Mullins, as well as St. Pete Beach Council member Ward Friszolowski.
“These are public servants that get things done. Our mayors understand the difficulties of running a city when state government persistently hands down unfair and unfunded mandates. It has been and always will be my promise to continue fighting for our local cities,” Peters said.
After moving to Pinellas County in 1985, Peters helped operate a small retail business in St. Pete Beach and worked for not-for-profit agencies before serving as a member of the South Pasadena planning and zoning board. Since then, Peters also served as commissioner and mayor of South Pasadena before being elected to the House. She is seeking her third term.
Peters, a Republican, is facing a challenge from political newcomer Jennifer Webb. Webb, a Democrat, is the director of community engagement at the University of South Florida.
District 69 covers a portion of southwest Pinellas County that includes Gulfport, South Pasadena, and some beach communities.
The election is Nov. 8.