Ken Welch

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Ken Welch graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with an MBA in Finance. Welch formerly worked in software development and system administration. Welch is currently the county commissioner. As the Commissioner, he led the creation of the 1st community redevelopment area, led the expansion of the Pinellas County Small Business Enterprise Program, and led numerous policies and movements towards facilitating justice reform. Welch led as Pinellas County Chair of the Homeless Leadership Network to fund affordable housing and tackle issues facing the un-housed.

Key Issues

Housing

Welch wants to keep housing affordable and accessible. As county commissioner, Welch has helped fund affordable housing and tackle issues facing the un-housed. Welch has supported human rights policy for sexual and gender identity, led efforts to increase living wages, and supported agendas for the youth.

Economy

Welch wishes to expand community development by promoting inclusive and thoughtful economic development that impacts everyone. These efforts include public-private partnerships, initiatives focused on improving transportation, job-training education, mentorships, and effective use of the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area. Welch previously led the creation of the 1st community redevelopment area and led the expansion of the Pinellas County Small Business Enterprise Program.

Public Safety

Welch plans to create safer neighborhoods by supporting accountable law enforcement and providing diverse transportation options.

Endorsements

Rick Kriseman, current Mayor; Charlie Criss, US House Rep; Michele Rayner, Florida House Rep; St. Pete City Council Members: Amy Foster, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Deborah Figgs-Sanders; Pinellas County Commissioners: Charlie Justice, Janet Long, Pat Gerard, Rene Flowers, Karen Seel; Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff; Sean Shaw, former Flordia state Rep; Andy Oliver, Pastor; John Morgan, Lawyer; Pinellas; County Young Democrats; Pinellas County Stonewall Democrats; SEIU Florida; National Organization of Women PAC of Florida

Sources

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