School board candidate Rene Flowers running high-octane campaign as finish line comes into sight

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Renee Flowers is running a high-octane campaign with no signs of slowing down to keep her lead. The former St. Petersburg City Council member took nearly 48 percent of the vote in a five-way battle for the vacant Pinellas County School Board District 7 — a commanding lead, but not enough to spare her from a Nov. 6 runoff with Pinellas County newcomer and current School Board member Glen Gilzean Jr.

Contributor Daphne Taylor Street caught up with Flowers to ask a few questions about how the campaign is progressing.

Daphne Street: How is the campaign going?

Rene Flowers: The campaign is going great! We were able to get our Vote by mail pieces out on time, we have volunteers walking in Pasadena, Gulfport, and the Northwest area of the district. We have a wonderful piece coming out in the “PowerBrokers Voter Guide.” We were invited on Political Connections with Al Reuchel. We picked up the Stonewall and Equality Florida’s Endorsements. We continue to have the endorsement and support of all the organizations from the primary election. We are phone banking daily, and we are attending events throughout the community that are election-specific as well as those that are not election-specific but that allow us to meet the voters and hear from them.

DS: What do you expect to happen between now and Election Day?

RF: I expect from now until Election Day to just run hard! While polls may show a very comfortable lead, I believe that I have to keep at it until the very last minute on Election Day. There is a final debate on October 18 at the 5th Ave Church of Christ starting at 6:00p.m. I look forward to this opportunity to yet again address the voters and to hopefully pick up any supporters that I may not have – those undecided votes.

DS: Any surprises in store?

RF: Well, not really. Just a consistent work ethic. We are waiting to see if the Times will “recommend” our efforts for the general election as it did in the primary. We will have an election watch party at Ricky P’s on Central Ave in St. Petersburg. I am looking forward to being with everyone and saying thank you once again for all of the LOVE and SUPPORT that so many have shown towards my efforts.

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