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St. Pete mayoral, council hopefuls to hold forums in July

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In St. Petersburg, election season is well underway. Over the next week or so, St. Pete voters will get a chance to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and city council.

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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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Corey Givens hosting downtown business owners fundraiser May 8

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A group of downtown businesses owners will be hosting a reception next week to support Corey Givens Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council. The event will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Dr. NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Givens is running for the District 6 seat, which encompasses portions of downtown, Midtown, Old Northeast, Bahama Shores and other Southeast neighborhoods. Term-limited Karl Nurse currently holds the seat. “The purpose of this…

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James Scott latest to join fray in St. Pete City Council District 6

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With the entry of environmental activist James Scott, the list of candidates for St. Petersburg City Council District 6 grows to eight. The USFSP graduate student announced his candidacy Tuesday morning on the steps of St. Pete’s City Hall. A December 2014 University of South Florida St. Petersburg graduate in Environmental Science and Policy, Scott is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Florida Studies. Although he’s been called an environmental activist, Scott is all about sustainability, which he says is about balancing economic, environmental…

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Community dialogue and art exhibit commemorate St. Pete Pride at Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum

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As St. Petersburg observes Pride Month in June, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum will play host to two events June 10 and June 11, 2240 Ninth Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, June 10, Equality Florida and St. Petersburg Council Member Steve Kornell, this year’s St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal, invite the community to a dialogue on “Homophobia and Racism.” The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Dr. Goliath J. Davis,…

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