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Rene Flowers endorses Barclay Harless in St Pete City Council District 2 race

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Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers is backing Barclay Harless in his bid for the St. Pete City Council District 2 seat this year.

“Serving on the R’Club and Louise Graham Board of Directors, I can attest to Barclay’s leadership abilities and his dedication to service. Having worked with Barclay on a number of important initiatives in the Midtown area, I know that he is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education,” Flowers said in a statement released by the Harless campaign. “He understands that the only way to achieve this goal is for all levels of government to work together. Barclay has the vision, the plans, and the fresh perspective we need to lead St. Pete in the right direction. I look forward to working with him on making our city a better place for all of its residents.”

“We are running a grassroots campaign powered by small businesses, St. Pete residents, and community leaders who want a fresh perspective to get things done in city hall,” said Harless. “The challenges that face our city may seem daunting, but they are man-made, so we have the power to solve them. We will not find solutions in finger-pointing or empty political rhetoric. Rather, our problems require bold, decisive action.”

Flowers has served on the school board since 2010. Before that she served on the St. Pete City Council for two terms, from 1998-2006.

Harless is a banker and a former aide to Democrat Darryl Rouson when he served in the Florida House.  He is running against real estate agent Brandi Gabbard in the District, which represents the Gateway and North St. Pete areas. It is the first time running for public office for both candidates.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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