Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers has endorsed Steve Kornell for re-election to City Council, District 5.
“Steve understands the community and understands the sacrifices that so many have made to bring our city back to the vibrant, economic, thriving machine that it once was,” Flowers said. “I ask that you join me in returning one of the most dedicated public servants back to his place of service.”
In addition to serving as a current school board member, Flowers has also been a longtime public servant, having previously served as a member of St. Pete City Council and numerous community boards.
Kornell was elected to City Council in 2009 to replace former District 5 councilmember Jamie Bennett, who was running for mayor.
If elected this would be Kornell’s second and final full term.
“As a school Social Worker in Pinellas County Public Schools, I know firsthand the importance of a strong school system,” Kornell said. “That’s why I have been a leading voice for our kids on the city council. I am proud to have been endorsed by Ms. Flowers, and hope to continue our pursuit of a better, safer community and life-changing opportunities for our kids.”
District 5 includes Greater Pinellas Point and the Pinellas Bayway, including Kornell’s alma mater, Eckerd College, Broadwater and the Skyway Marina District.
Kornell previously nabbed an endorsement from former Mayor Rick Baker.
“Steve Kornell has focused his passion for St. Petersburg on efforts to make the city a better place to live,” Baker said. “I am proud to recommend him for another term on City Council.”
Other endorsements include the SEIU, The Tampa Tribune, Suncoast Sierra Club, Police Benevolent Association, West Central Florida Federation of Labor, the Environmental Caucus, the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Local #747, Equality Florida Action PAC, and the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County.
Kornell faces Philip Garrett at the ballot box on November 3.