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Uhuru-backed candidates release a pretty decent TV ad

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Two weeks before Election Day in St. Petersburg, mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel and District 6 City Council candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion are on the air with their first television ad.

The 30-second ad featuring both Uhuru-backed candidates is scheduled to run on Bay News 9, BET and “numerous other channels” according to the Nevel campaign.

Nevel is a 27-year-old community activist from Miami who has been critical of both Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker in his bidt to become the next mayor. He’s one of six candidates running on the Aug. 29 mayoral ballot, including Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi and Theresa “Mama Tee” Lassiter.

Cainion is a 20-year-old activist who recently won an unscientific poll in the District 6 race conducted by Gypsy Gallardo’s Power Broker website. There are seven other candidates in that race, with the contest to be whittled down to two in two weeks.

The ad includes Uhuru founder Omali Yeshitela and Kundé Mwamvita,, the mother of Dominique Battle, one of the three black teenage girls who died last year when a car they were in drove into a St. Petersburg retention pond.

See the video below:




Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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