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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman endorses Barclay Harless in St Pete City Council District 2 race

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District 7 St. Pete City Council Member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is endorsing Barclay Harless in the race for City Council District 2.

“We need to make our city better in all corners and give all residents an equal playing field and opportunities. Barclay has worked in Midtown, and he understands we need to improve neighborhoods throughout our city by working to improve transportation, eliminate food deserts, bring sustainable jobs into all areas and give our kids the skills to compete for livable wage jobs,” said Wheeler-Bowman in a statement issued out by the Harless campaign.

“I know we have a lot of challenges and I need another fighter like me on city council to get things done for all of St. Pete and work to eliminate disparities in any neighborhood, that is why I am endorsing Barclay Harless and look forward to working with him on behalf of St. Pete residents and small businesses.”

Harless is a commercial banker and former aide to state Representative Darryl Rouson. He’s opposed by real estate agent Brandi Gabbard in the race to succeed the term-limited incumbent, Jim Kennedy.

“We have so much to celebrate, yet our community faces serious challenges today. I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work. I am running to tackle the tough challenges and provide meaningful results; I am not interested in finger-pointing or playing the blame game,” said Harless. “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. I thank Lisa for her leadership and I’m looking forward to working with her on city council.

“The two together will be a powerhouse for progress on council,” says Nick Janovsky, Harless’ campaign manager.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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