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Robert Blackmon, Gina Driscoll close fundraising gap with Justin Bean

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For a few months now, St. Petersburg businessman Justin Bean has led the eight person field in fundraising in the District 6 City Council race, but a relatively lean recent fundraising report has Robert Blackmon and Gina Driscoll nipping at his heels. Bean raised a relative modest $685 for the period of July 8-21, which still allows him to continue to lead in fundraising with $21,418. However, Blackmon is just $77 shy of that figure after raising $3,177 in that…

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Jesse Nevel protesting Paul Congemi ‘go back to Africa’ rant at rally today

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel is organizing a “major public event” this week in response to racially charged statements made by fellow candidate Paul Congemi.

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Raucous St. Pete mayoral debate ends in chaos

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It went downhill fast. The first St. Petersburg mayoral campaign forum to include all the candidates on the August 29 ballot ended in chaos Monday night after one contender, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, got into a verbal dispute with an audience member. At that point, moderator Pat Wood of the League of Women Voters threw up her hands and declared the debate was over. What ensued was a scuffle among audience members that had to be broken up by the St. Petersburg…

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City Council hopefuls clash on plans for Southside

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Eight men and women competing for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat gathered Thursday night at the Greater Mount Zion AME Church in South St. Pete for the second debate of the campaign. Though the diverse District 6 encompasses parts of downtown, Old Northeast and Midtown, for the second consecutive forum, the focus remained firmly on the city’s southside. It also meant — for the second straight time — Uhuru candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion had enthusiastic supporters madly cheering, so loudly…

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The audience is the star of first debate in St. Pete City Council race

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With nine candidates vying to become the next City Council member representing St.Petersburg’s District 6, political forums and debates are going to be crucial for voters to understand who all of the people are who are running and what they stand for. On Thursday night at the Sunshine Center, the public got its first opportunity to hear from all of the candidates, although the event was designed for the candidates to actually listen more than speak. Those on stage heard…

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