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…
John Morroni is endorsing businessman Justin Bean in the St. Petersburg District City Council race. “Justin Bean is absolutely the right person to represent the residents of District 6,” Morroni, a longtime Pinellas County GOP commissioner, said in a statement Tuesday from the Bean campaign. “He is open, fair-minded and focused on making sure everyone benefits when St. Petersburg succeeds. I am excited to endorse his candidacy.”
A lack of affordable housing has become one of the key issues in this summer’s St. Petersburg municipal elections, particularly in the economically challenged area of Midtown. City Council hopeful Corey Givens Jr. wants to address the issue by creating a local fund dedicated specifically to preserving and developing affordable housing in South St. Petersburg.
Real estate investor Robert Blackmon is former St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s choice in the crowded District 6 City Council race. “I’m supporting Robert Blackmon because he has the vision and leadership our citizens deserve on city council,” Foster said. “I’m proud to support Robert Blackmon because he understands the issues important to our community and is committed to rising to the challenges and opportunities St. Petersburg presents.” Blackmon is one of eight candidates vying to succeed Karl Nurse in a district…
Former St. Petersburg City Council Chair Bill Dudley is endorsing Justin Bean for the District 6 seat. The former teacher, coach and two-term council member released a statement Friday calling Bean a “true civic leader.”
Affordable housing has become one of the hottest issues in St. Petersburg politics as was evidenced Monday night when the topic was front and center during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At Monday night’s forum, all eight candidates running in the District 6 race spoke out on the issue, as well as homelessness, economic development, the Pier, campaign finance, sustainability and other traditional fare heard at every council debate to date.
Candidates for Mayor and St. Petersburg City Council faced a July 15 deadline for filing reports showing finance activity from June 24 through July 7. Inside these finance reports are some interesting tidbits of information. Here are a few data points which stood out.