Bobbie Shay Lee

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Bobbie Lee graduated from Florida State University with a MSW in policy and administration. Lee has been an executive director of two nonprofit agencies, a public servant. Lee is also on the board of directors for CASA and Brookwood along with being a committee member at the Beth Dillinger Foundation. Lee was an NFL cheerleader until she got breast cancer and became an advocate. Lee grew up in St. Pete and her father was a police officer for over 28 years.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Lee wants enhance public safety by providing full funding to law enforcement, reinstate the Violent Crimes Task Force and provide proper funding to the fight against human trafficking.

Water Waste Management

Lee wants to improve water waste management by creating infrastructure that includes measurable outcomes, bringing the Albert Whitted plant back online, and provide transparent public notice of sewage spills and water quality notices.

Endorsements

Representative Chris Latvala; Mayor David Will; Bob & Kay Dillinger; Mayor Leslie Waters; Pinellas County Commission Candidate Tammy Vasquez.

Sources

Vote Bobbie Lee
League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg Area
On Your Ballots

John Hornbeck

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

John Hornbeck graduated from Stetson law with his J.D.. Hornbeck is an Attorney primarily practicing criminal law and profession license defense. Hornbeck is a volunteer teaching assistant at Brooke middle school, where he teaches civics. Hornbeck is also a volunteer with northwest Presbyterian Church, as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry; teaching middle & high schools students and senior citizens bible classes. Hornbecks volunteering work was recognized by the city as volunteer of the year. Hornbeck is a father and a life long resident of St. Pete and the only district one candidate to not take money from developers.

Key Issues

Youth development initiative

Hornbeck aims to take kids off the street, and place them into the social and focus driven program the Walter Fuller center offers.

Affordable Housing

Hornbecks main platform is his youth development initiative, by allowing families access to the Walter Fuller recreation center by subsidizing families who can not afford it.

Environmental Conservations

Along with costal resilience, Hornbecks wishes to take big initiatives to help do his part in conversing the environment of St. Petersburg.

Coastal Resiliency

Along with costal resilience, Hornbecks wishes to take big initiatives to help do his part in conversing the environment of St. Petersburg.

Endorsements

Hornbeck does not currently hold any endorsements.

Sources

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League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg Area
On Your Ballots

Copley Gerdes

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Copley Gerdes graduated from Saint Leo University with a BA in religious studies. Gerdes is a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, a business analyst at FrankCrum Inc, and an assistant baseball coach at Saint Leo University. Gerdes volunteers with the Police Athletic League and his church; he and his wife run Love McKinley, an organization supporting families fighting pediatric cancer.

Key Issues

Affordable Housing

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Infrastructure

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Wastewater management

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Covid recovery/Public Health

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Public Space

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Transportation

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Public Safety

Gerdes supports investing in the cities infrastructure, housing, waste water management, transportation, public spaces and putting the community first. Gerdes plans to take an all encompassing approach to these issues, thinking each aspect will have a direct benefit on other issues on his platform.

Endorsements

Stonewall Democrats; Mayor Kriseman; Sun Coast PBA, Equality Florida Action PAC; Pinellas Realtors; St. Petersburg Firefighters and paramedics; Tampa Bay Times City; Council members Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Amy Foster & Gina Driscoll; School Board member Bill Dudley; Small business leaders Mark Ferguson and Mike McKenna.

Sources

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Northwestern Mutal
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Edwin Carlson

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Ed Carlson’s education is a Doctor of Dental Surgery DDS. Carlson is a former US Air Force Captain, Dentist, Martial Arts Grandmaster and football player. In his retirement Carlson has focused on making healthy neighborhoods: by being president of this HOA for 16 years, 10 years of Adopt a Mile of Pinellas trail, 22 artists paint 21 pillars and ten wall beneath Tyrone Overpass, establishing the neighborhood scout and safety program, and created Chief’s Midtown Miracles Martial Arts Program for children. Carlson grew up in the area, graduated high school and started his business in St. Pete, now 10 of his 12 grandkids live here.

Key Issues

Economy (small businesses)

Carlson wants to boost the economy in St. Pete by taking the Tropicana Field deal, raising minimum wage to $15, and by creating an economy that caters to small businesses and is still hospitable to large employers.

Environmental conservation

Carlson wants to invest into the environment, through public safety initiatives based in environmental designed crime prevention, taking care of our parks and lakes, and community health.

Public Health

Carlson wants to invest into the environment, through public safety initiatives based in environmental designed crime prevention, taking care of our parks and lakes, and community health.

Public safety

Carlson wants to invest into the environment, through public safety initiatives based in environmental designed crime prevention, taking care of our parks and lakes, and community health.

Endorsements

State Rep Linda Cheney District 69; Senator Dennis L. Jones PARC president; CEO Karen Higgins

Sources

League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area
On Your Ballots
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Rebecca King

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Staus Challenger

Background

Rebecca King earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science from Faulkner Sate Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of South Alabama. After college, King taught in Baldwin County, AL and Faulkner Sate Community College. She is currently a member of the Buckhead Condo Alliance and holds a chair for Livable Buckhead. Through her involvement in these organizations, she hopes to improve the prosperity and quality of life in Buckhead. King is also the CEO of Cover Your Assets. Cover Your Assets is a business that provides pictorial documentation of individuals’ belongings to insurance companies in case of a catastrophe. King ran against Howard Shook for the City Council District 7 Seat in 2017 and lost.

Key Issues

Public Safety

King has proposed putting more police officers to work and recruiting new law enforcement by offering incentives.

Small Businesses

King advocates for providing tax incentives to small businesses to create new jobs and promote the economy.

Endorsements

Sources

Patch

The Atlanta Voice

Walter Reeves

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Reeves has lived in Gainesville for most of his life and recently moved to Atlanta. While he is new to politics, Reeves has historically been a labor activist for chicken plant workers with a focus on employees in the Gainesville area. He describes himself as a legal scholar with blue-collar street credibility.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Reeves has discussed banning criminally insane citizens from the city, especially criticizing the replacement of the Georgia Lunatic Asylum with the Central State hospital. He advocates for building teams designated to fighting crime.

Economy

Reeves vows to implement a $15 minimum wage for airport workers. He indicates a plan to pursue economic growth through stable methods rather than the gambling industry.

Endorsements

Sources

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saporta Report

11Alive News

Pete Boland

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Boland graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in mass communication/media studies, and from the Art Institute of Tampa with culinary arts/chef training. He is the former General Manager and/or Operations Manager of multiple local restaurants, and in one position oversaw a 300% increase in food sales.

Key Issues

Housing

Boland supports pushing for affordable housing, through increasing the density of housing by building new homes upwards

Economy

He plans to use the redevelopment of Tropicana Park as an opportunity to create new jobs while considering both local housing and environmental concerns. He also wants to address the red tide issue through raising awareness and pushing aggressively for federal and state aid.

Endorsements

50+ Small Businesses

Sources

MSN

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

St Pete
Blackmon 4 St Pete
MSN

Torry Nelson

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Nelson has run Stepping Stone Homeless Shelter for over a decade and is committed to working further on the issue.

Key Issues

Environment

Nelson wants to focus on sustainable development in coastal resiliency and wastewater treatment, and have all new developments sustainably done. 

Public Safety

Nelson plans to keep youth out of crime by implementing after school programs and ensure that the city’s police department is an accountable transparent entity for the city.

Endorsements

N/A

Sources

Torry for Saint Petersburg
ABC News
Weekly Challenger

Michael Ingram

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Michael Ingram graduated from St. Pete High and is currently a student pursuing political science at USF St. Pete. Ingram has been born and raised in St. Pete and is running to be the city’s youngest mayor.

Key Issues

Environment

Ingram wants to prioritize climate resiliency by investing in the infrastructure required to have a clean future, prevent further rising sea levels, and ensure St. Pete is true to their promise of 100% renewable energy by 2035. Ingram also wants to invest into alternative forms of public transportation.

Transportation

Ingram wants to invest into alternative forms of public transportation, making the city safer for pedestrians and bike users.

Civic Engagement

As the potential youngest mayor, Ingram encourages youth involvement in government and plans to create a youth city council so youth voices are reflected in the city plans.

Endorsements

N/A

Sources

Ingram St Pete
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Twitter
MSN