Robert Blackmon

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Robert Blackmon graduated from Florida State University with a major in political science. Blackmon is a former real estate manager and has renovated over 250 homes in the St. Petersburg area over the past ten years. He also is a Coquina Key Neighborhood Association board member, and ex-Regency Condominium Association Vice President (2015-2018). Blackmon also has been involved with frequent coastal cleanups in the Tampa Bay Area. Blackmon has been a St. Petersburg city council member since 2019, representing District 1. He previously served as a Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) representative.

Key Issues

Economy

Blackmon supports a redevelopment of Tropicana Field that will benefit the community as well as the Rays. He supports using tax money to develop the field, but wants to advocate for small business owners and minority communities to be involved with the process. Keeping a Major League team in St. Petersburg is important to him because of the job opportunities the redevelopment will provide and the economic benefits of having the large tourist attraction that is MLB baseball in the area. 

Public Safety

Blackmon wants to decrease violent crimes in the community. He wants to do this through getting guns out of criminals’ hands, and proposed a gun buyback program to help achieve this while protecting the rights of legal gun owners. He also supports investing in youth education, having led a bipartisan effort to restore the Science Center, accumulating 3.5 million dollars for the project. This ties together with decreasing violent crime through his goal to provide mentors to particularly at risk students.

Endorsements

Kathleen Peters, Pinellas County Commissioner; Dick Greco, Former Mayor of Tampa; Bob Ulrich, Former Mayor of St. Pete; Jeffery Brandes, Florida State Senator; Larry Williams & Kathleen Ford, Former St. Pete City Council Members; Doreen Cauldwell, Vice Mayor of Clearwater; Iron Workers Local 397; Florida Gulf Coast Associated Builders and Contractors

Sources

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