Notes from the campaign trail in the ‘burg – Vol. 1

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This post marks the beginning of a new reoccurring feature which will highlight interesting odds and ends from the campaign trail in St. Petersburg’s 2013 municipal elections.

District 2

In case there was any doubt, Johnny Bardine and Shari Hazlett are back at work for incumbent Jim Kennedy. His latest fundraising report shows a $1,000 payment to their firm.

District 4

Brent Hatley, formerly a producer of the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show producer, is among those hosting a fundraiser for David McKalip, the Tea Party activist running for the District 4 seat on the Saint Petersburg City Council. In addition to Hatley, who in 2011 lost his own bid for City Council, Michelle Bullard, nice guy Tom DeMint, Bob Esposito (a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Brandes), Paul Kubala, and John Sebesta (not Jim, mind you) are also on the host committee.

St. Petersburg Councilman Jeff Danner and others are hosting a fundraiser for Darden Rice. The event is being held at Beak’s Restaurant on April 30th — co-owner Jason McNeil is listed as a host, as are Bob Jeffrey and Jim & Julie Longstreth.

District 8

Amy Foster is strong right out of the gate. Less than one week after she announced she was running to replace Danner on City Council, she’s earned his endorsement, according to her Facebook page.

Foster is kicking off her campaign with an event at Queen’s Head on May 7. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.