Reggie Fullwood celebrates Small Business Saturday with HD 13 tour

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On Saturday, Democratic state Rep. Reggie Fullwood held a Small Business Shop Around tour in Jacksonville House District 13, as a way to focus on independent community retailers.

Fullwood’s visit was in celebration of Small Business Saturday, the national movement urging consumers to avoid the hectic rush of Black Friday by shopping local. Small Business Saturday honors small businesses and their influence in neighborhoods nationwide by promoting alternatives to the big-box retailers.

Joined by state Rep. Mia Jones, Fullwood shopped a number of shops around Jacksonville. He visited the Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Ave., and hosted an event at Phil’s Shoes on N Pearl St. to honor the shop’s more than 50 years of service. Fullwood then continued the day with lunch at the local University Diner on Merrill Rd.

At Phil’s Shoes, Jones presented owner Mark Lewis with a resolution honoring the Lewis family for their efforts improving the Jacksonville community.

Paperwork errors prevented Fullwood, who was previously unopposed in District 13, from qualifying for November’s general election. His ineligibility is forcing a special primary and election.

Fullwood faces Jacksonville City Council member Johnny Gaffney in the Democratic primary on Dec. 16.  The winner faces Republican Lawrence Jefferson in the special general election on Feb. 17.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.