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Barclay Harless announces trio of summer events in St. Pete Council bid

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Barclay Harless is giving supporters not one, but three new opportunities to connect this summer in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council. The 31-year-old banking executive announced a trio of events Wednesday for the upcoming months as he runs for District 2, which covers most of Northeast St. Petersburg. On Sunday, July 9, Harless will be the featured guest at a Young Professionals Bruch hosted by MB Strategies founder Maya Brown and Cesar Hernandez, who currently serves as government…

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Barclay Harless touts LGBTQ endorsements in St. Pete Council race

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(UPDATED) Just in time for the Pride Parade later this month, aspiring St. Petersburg City Council District 2 candidate Barclay Harless is touting endorsements from several members of the LGBTQ community. “Barclay has served on the Pinellas Charter Review Commission, and I saw his leadership abilities and his pragmatic approach to solving challenges. I look forward to working with him as a fellow Pinellas City official,” said Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith, who is serving as a grand marshal for the…

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Rick Baker recognizes previous stances on LGBT community will be campaign issue; Will it make a difference?

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Near the end of Rick Baker‘s 36-minute speech announcing a re-election challenge to Mayor Rick Kriseman, the former two-term mayor invoked his mantra of St. Petersburg being a “seamless city” — and that includes the LGBT community. “A lot has been said about me and the LGBT community by my opponent and by others,” he said on the steps of City Hall last week, without acknowledging why that was an issue when he was mayor and continues now as a candidate. “I want you to know…

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Personnel note: Equality Florida names Mark Puskarich as Tampa development officer.

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LGBT activist organization Equality Florida promoted Mark Puskarich to the position of Tampa development officer. In his new role, Puskarich, formerly a volunteer chair for the 2015 Equality Florida Tampa Gala, will manage statewide corporate sponsorships. Veteran staffer Ed Lally will become development officer for Tampa Bay, which focuses on boosting support throughout the region. “Ed Lally has played a key role in gathering support for Equality Florida’s mission in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and beyond,” Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer said…

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Tampa Bay’s two most prominent gay leaders, Kevin Beckner and Steve Kornell, to host joint fundraiser for Charlie Justice

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Ercilia Albistu, Rick Boylan, Stephen Gay, Tom Hall, Charlie Hounchell, Ted Howard, Senator Arthenia Joyner, Ed Lally, Henry Lewis, Sally Phillips,Gil Sainz, Linda & Tom Scarritt, Nadine Smith, Frank Starkey, Lorna Taylor Invite you to a very Special Event for Charlie Justice for Congress With Special Guest Hosts: County Commissioner Kevin Beckner & City Councilman Steve Kornell Thursday, June 3rd 6:00pm to 8:00pm At the Home of Rob Iles & Michael Paonessa 1214 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 Suggested Contribution $500 Co-Host…

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Tampa Bay’s two most prominent gay leaders, Kevin Beckner and Steve Kornell, to host joint fundraiser for Charlie Justice

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Ercilia Albistu, Rick Boylan, Stephen Gay, Tom Hall, Charlie Hounchell, Ted Howard, Senator Arthenia Joyner, Ed Lally, Henry Lewis, Sally Phillips,Gil Sainz, Linda & Tom Scarritt, Nadine Smith, Frank Starkey, Lorna Taylor Invite you to a very Special Event for Charlie Justice for Congress With Special Guest Hosts: County Commissioner Kevin Beckner & City Councilman Steve Kornell Thursday, June 3rd 6:00pm to 8:00pm At the Home of Rob Iles & Michael Paonessa 1214 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 Suggested Contribution $500 Co-Host…

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