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Young turks lining up for plum City of St. Petersburg lobbying job

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At least 95 individuals have applied for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations manager position, according to application documents obtained from a public information request made last week. Many of the applicants are the ‘young turks’ who have staffed local campaigns and elected officials, such as Nick Hansen, who helped organize Mayor Bill Foster’s election effort, Brian Shuford, Rebekah Torres, an aide to former state House Rep. Mike Scionti. Also, see that the talented Steve Cline is on the list.

Also among the applicants is former City Councilmember Rene Flowers, A Foster confidant who could be a dark-horse choice which satisfies at least three city interest groups – blacks, women and lunatics.

During the course of my research into this matter, I’ve learned that Mayor Bill Foster intends to contract with outgoing city lobbyist Laura Boehmer for a transitional period. So her opinion on who should succeed her probably matters as much as anyone’s. Update – The city’s internal administrator Dave Metz confirms a contract is being inked with the Tampa office of Southern Strategies.

One applicant I hope Foster does not select is St. Pete Chamber of Commerce political director Jessica Eilerman. I don’t know Eilerman personnally, but if the Chamber’s diminshed political standing (the BayWalk sidewalk debacle?) is any indication of what kind of job she would do with the City, Foster should scratch her from the list.

The complete list of applicants can be found after the break. Let me know if you see any interesting names.

Ally, Damaris
Assmann, Leticia
Atkins, John
Ayers, Michael
Barber-Heinz, Leah
Bates, Tiki
Bauck, David
Beard, Richard
Belanger, Joanna
Bican, Ed
Blute, Anita
Brandon, Alexzia
Brashier, Craig
Bray, Anthony
Brondo, Edwin
Brooks, Richard
Brown, Hugh
Brown, Lisa
Brown, Paul
Browning, Lance
Burke, Keith
Cavin, Courtney
Chapman, Michael
Cline, Stephen
Collado-Carlo, Jorge A.
Connor, Ray
Coppola, Roland
Cossette, Brendan
Costa, Guy
Cotton, Bruce
de Paris, Bryan
Deterding, Bruce
Durrant, Ryan
Edwards, Jennifer
Edwards, Justin
Eilerman, Jessica
Ekstrom, Daniel
Feldman, Alan
Finley, M. Wayne
Follmer, Glenn
Foody, Sean
Fredia, Sunnye
Friedlander, Philip
Galperin, Michael
Garcia, Viengkham
Gaskin, Trina
Glenn, James
Granja, Maria
Gratt, Peter
Green, John
Grigsby, Thomas
Hale, Laura
Hansen, Marsha
Hansen, Nicholas
Harris, Peter
Henry, Phillip
Henson, Donna
Hochhalter, Traci
Hyre, Mark
Johnson, Pamela
Kirsch, Timothy
Kitenplon, Maria
Mahoney, Michael
Mahoney, Michael
Malkinski, Caroline
Mamalis, Nicholas
Mangine, Michael
Marshall, Jaquelin
Marshall, Jay
Martin, Marty
Martin, Tyler
Matos, Eric E.
McBride, John
McCartney, Richard
McGlone, Mindy
McGrath, Monika
Mirabile, Daniel
Mitchell, Shakaria
Molly Gould, Molly
Morgan, Karen
Mosher, William
Muhammad, Pierre
Murray, Joseph
Murray, Joseph
Natal, Maria-Blanca
Newton, Chad
Nouri, Mike (Majid)
Olson, Michael
Orth, William Kyle
Ouimette, David
Plange, Henry
Porter, Catherine
Quinterno, Anne
Rainwater, Brooks
Richmond, David
Robinson-Flowers, Rene
Romero, Vazmina, Maricarmen
San Marco, Charles
Schmidt, Candace
Schultz, Philip
Sherman, Desiree
Shuford, Brian
Simmerman, Ryan
Simon, Ronald
Simpson, Robert
Smith, Alan
Spurlock, Tyler
Stahly, Steven
Steinbach, Katherine
Strickland, Kenneth
Sutton, Leroy
Taylor, Freddie
Tershner, Daniel
Torres, Rebekah
Triolo, Joseph M
Ulscht, Evan
Urkoski, Matthew
Vazquez, Alejandro
Veach, Bill
Wagner, Ashleigh
Weiss, David
Welch, Quinten
Welch, Victoria

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