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Barclay Harless touts dozens of small business owners embracing his bid for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Council candidate Barclay Harless unveiled a list of 40 small business owners on Tuesday who are supporting his candidacy for the District 2 seat being vacated later this year by term-limited Jim Kennedy. “Barclay’s private sector experience, coupled with his unique service in the state legislature, on the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission, and on non-profit boards gives him a fresh perspective on how to get things done in City Hall. Our business community wants leaders who are accountable,…

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City Council candidate Barclay Harless talks ‘big ticket’ plans

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Rick Baker‘s entrance into the mayoral race may have sucked up a lot of the public attention in St. Petersburg’s political atmosphere this spring. However, there an interesting race is emerging between two capable candidates in St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Realtor Brandi Gabbard and banker Barclay Harless are vying to succeed a term-limited Jim Kennedy later this year. Although Harless holds a fundraising lead, Gabbard actually raised more campaign cash in April. At Central Avenue’s Oyster Bar Thursday night, friends of Harless…

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Brandi Gabbard qualifies for St Pete City Council race by petition

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For St. Petersburg City Council hopeful Brandi Gabbard, there was little doubt she would collect enough signatures to be on the ballot for District 2 this year. “To me, there was never a question that I would choose to qualify by petition,” Gabbard said in a campaign statement Monday. “This district belongs to the residents and their voices deserve to be heard!” “I wanted the opportunity to introduce myself, hear their concerns, and earn their support,” she continued. “I am grateful…

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Brandi Gabbard has bigger April, but Barclay Harless remains leader in St. Pete District 2 fundraising

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While Realtor Brandi Gabbard had a bigger month of fundraising, rival Barclay Harless continues to lead overall in their one-on-one race for St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Gabbard raised $6,626 in April, more than three times the $1,855 that Harless brought in last month. However, Harless, a banker, took in $31,655 so far. Gabbard’s total is $22,660. Gabbard is a Realtor with Smith & Associates; nearly half the 44 individual contributions she received in April were from those listing realtors as…

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Major labor union endorses Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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In the battle of endorsements in the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 race, Barclay Harless has nabbed a big one, receiving the backing of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (WCFFL/AFL-CIO) on Wednesday. “We have proudly endorsed Barclay Harless based on his record of community advocacy, his stance for fair / living wages and his strong record of supporting working families,” said Cheryl Schroeder, WCFFL’s Executive Director. “St. Petersburg needs a leader who will fight for our city to benefit its…

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Brandi Gabbard wins police union backing in St. Pete City Council District 2 race

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Brandi Gabbard won the backing of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association in her bid for the District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. “Your St. Petersburg police officers represented locally by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are proud to endorse Brandi Gabbard for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2,” said George Lofton, President of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. “Her understanding of what it takes to keep St. Petersburg vibrant and successful shows in her involvement in our city.…

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St. Pete Firefighters endorse Brandi Gabbard for City Council District 2

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Realtor Brandi Gabbard received a boost this week in her campaign for City Council District 2 by winning the endorsement of the St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters. “Our local firefighters enthusiastically support the candidacy of Brandi Gabbard for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2,” said Richard E. Pauley Jr., president of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Local 747. “We found her to be well-informed and convincingly committed to our city’s public safety personnel. As a successful business woman, a proven leader in her profession,…

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