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Rene Flowers endorses Steve Kornell for St. Pete City Council

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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.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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