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Augie Ribeiro will not run for the St. Petersburg City Council

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Civil justice attorney Augie Ribeiro will not run for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 after all. “There are serious candidates in the race with good purpose and passion to represent this district,” Ribeiro wrote in an email to SPB late Wednesday night. “I wish them the best of luck.” Ribeiro said last month that he was considering a run for the seat, where there are now eight people running to succeed a term-limited Karl…

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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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Democratic activist Jim Jackson becomes latest entrant into District 6 race

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Add longtime educator and Democratic Party activist Jim Jackson‘s name to the growing list of candidates vying for the St. Petersburg District 6 seat being vacated by the term-limited Karl Nurse. “I feel that I can bring the different parts of the city together,” Jackson explained Monday. “Downtown is thriving. It may be thriving too much for some people in terms of the rapid growth,” he says, bemoaning the fact that a lot of people would love to live in the downtown…

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‘Policy wonk’ John Johnson plans listening tour for St. Pete City Council bid

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John Johnson, a research administrator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is the latest candidate to file in the crowded St. Petersburg City Council District 6 contest. The 46-year-old native Ohio resident calls himself a policy wonk, not a politician.  “My background is education, so I’m a strong believer in education, and what it can do at all levels,” he said in an interview on Monday. “If we can improve primary education, if we can partner with some of the colleges and…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The witching hour is upon us. Ghosts and ghouls fill the streets. Zombies walk side-by-side with princesses and superheroes. Their mission the same: Spook and scare their neighbors in hopes of scoring enough candy to sustain them for the next year. Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.2 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. The annual survey expects consumers will spend an average of $82.93, up from $74.34 in 2015. The National Retail Federation predicts…

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