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Rene Flowers, Frank Peterman endorse Corey Givens Jr. for St. Pete City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. has earned endorsements of two former St. Petersburg City Council members in his bid for District 6 on the St. Pete Council.

Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Rev. Frank Peterman are both backing Givens in his second run for public office.

According to a statement released Thursday, Givens thanked Flowers for her support. Flowers defeated Givens in 2012 for the County School Board District 7 seat.

“Corey is the strongest voice for District 6. Millennials are making moves and taking action,” Flowers said. “His candidacy comes at a time when our country needs unity the most.”

Flowers, who introduced Givens at his campaign kickoff in January, added: “As the City of St. Petersburg continues to transition into a place where innovative ideas are welcomed, persons from all walks of life are valued, and opportunities for growth are prevalent, I believe that we are in need of a representative who shares the same core values. Corey Givens has demonstrated over time that his volunteer efforts are not to glamorize himself, but rather to elevate his community. Join me in assuring that he is given the opportunity to not just speak about it, but be about it!”

Re-elected to the School Board in 2014, Flowers also represented District 7 on the St. Pete City Council for two terms, from 1998-2006.

“I’ve watched Corey grow up and mature over the years. Like many of us, he’s human and has made his mistakes. But more importantly, he’s shown that he has the skill set and compassion needed to serve a culturally diverse area such as District 6,” Peterman said.

Peterman, pastor of The Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church, had served on the District 6 seat from 1997-2000. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008, representing South St. Petersburg.

Flowers and Peterman will also co-host a birthday celebration reception for Givens Tuesday, April 11, at The Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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