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St. Pete Council candidate Jim Jackson suggests splitting Pinellas School Board

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Jim Jackson says it’s time to seriously explore the idea of splitting the Pinellas County School Board in two. Jackson, one of nine candidates in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race, writes on the platform he would enact if elected: “While all of School Districts [sic] in the state are structured by county, there has been a discussion for years of splitting the Pinellas Schools into two districts separated approximately by Ulmerton Road.” Florida has 74 separate school boards, one for each of the…

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For St. Pete Council hopeful Robert Blackmon, knowing needs of diverse District 6 is key

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Speaking at the Fish Tales Seafood House in St. Petersburg, City Council candidate Robert Blackmon noted that while he loves the restaurant’s Salt Creek location, the adjacent waterway still needs work. “Salt Creek leads through underneath Fourth Street into Bartlett Lake,” the District 6 hopeful told supporters at his fundraiser there Wednesday. “It is theoretically passable by kayak but, it’s almost impossible.” “I talked to the city recently,” he added. “We need to get that cleared and turned into an…

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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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St. Pete Council candidate Justin Bean pushes ‘community-led economic development’

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With Ziya Kardas entering the race, the number of candidates now vying for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat stands at nine. That means it’s likely that no candidate will earn the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to win the August 29 primary. Even if one candidate does get a bigger percentage of the vote, the race to succeed Karl Nurse will go citywide. Justin Bean hopes he’ll be one of two survivors making it to November. The small business owner and civic activist says…

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Ziya Kardas becomes ninth candidate to enter the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race

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 Ziya Kardas has becomes the ninth candidate filing to run for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. The USFSP graduate student and small-business person is seeking to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse later this year. “I am running because I believe in public service and I believe in St. Petersburg,” says the 26-year-old St. Pete native. Kardas is currently finishing his MBA this summer at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He also manages Pro-Shield Roof Restoration and a real estate development…

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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman: Corey Givens ‘passion’ makes him best choice for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is endorsing Corey Givens, Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg District 6. “Corey Givens is the best choice for voters,” Wheeler-Brown, who represents District 7, said in a statement Tuesday. “He embodies the knowledge, leadership, and experience required to serve such a uniquely diverse district. I’ve worked closely with Corey over the years and I can truly say that his passion and love for community is genuine.” “I personally would like to thank Lisa for standing with me,” Givens responds. “District…

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Justin Bean top fundraiser in St. Pete City Council District 6 field with $12K haul for April

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St. Petersburg District 6 City Council hopeful Justin Bean is reporting more than $12,000 in campaign contributions since he entered the contest last month, by far the most raised of anyone in the eight person field. In fact, the $12,000 is more than what any of the other candidates have raised overall this year, with Corey Givens second with $9,304. Among those contributing to Bean, a registered Republican, were Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie, who chipped in $500.…

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