Campaigns for three City Council seats in St. Petersburg perked up again Wednesday night at the Sunshine Center, with Duke Energy as the main target.
Candidates for St. Petersburg mayor and three City Council races will face off with two city-sponsored forums set for September.
Tuesday’s slate of elections in St. Petersburg certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about candidates. Here’s a list of the real winners and losers emerging from the city’s primary elections. Please let me know if I missed anyone.
An eight-person field has narrowed to Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. They will face off in 10 weeks to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse. Robert Blackmon came in an extremely close third, behind Driscoll by only four votes, setting off an automatic recount.
An eight-person field in the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council race will become a two-person race after Tuesday night. But it’s far from certain who those two candidates will be, at least until returns begin trickling in starting 7 p.m.
Maria Scruggs is one of eight candidates running for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat this summer, her fourth attempt for elected office since 2001. The 59-year-old Scruggs keeps busy. Not only does she head the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, but she has also had a grueling daily commute to her job at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Orlando, where she manages the community services drug-testing, pretrial release and diversion programs at the jail.
A St. Petersburg City Council committee took the first step toward crafting a citywide ban on plastic shopping bags Thursday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg’s Energy Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee voted 3-1 to start drafting the ordinance, with City Council member Ed Montanari casting the lone vote against the measure. Plastic bags have drawn the ire of many environmental groups since they don’t break down, can harm or kill wildlife, clog flood control systems and even serve…