Wykeisha Howe

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Wykeisha Howe graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services – Child and Family Welfare. Howe was born and raised in Atlanta. She gave birth to her first child at 16 and had to drop out of high school to work and care for her son. Eventually, Howe finished high school online and attended college. She now has eight children and is involved in many volunteer organizations, such as the PTA, Go-Team, the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit. One major initiative she’s heavily contributed to is RESPECT CASCADE, which focuses on students and their safety. Howe has promised to prioritize connecting schools with the city of Atlanta and promoting greater representation of those in the community. She has also said she’ll advocate for better special education, educational opportunity for racial minorities, safety and health in school, initiatives to combat homelessness among families of Atlanta’s students, and assistance for kids in the foster care system.

Key Issues

Endorsements

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Kandis Wood Jackson

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan

Background

Jackson graduated from Duke University with bachelor’s degrees in English and political science, and she earned a Doctor of Law degree from Harvard University. Jackson is a practicing attorney at Alston & Bird LLP and is former 9th grade social studies teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She is also the Vice Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and a member of the Board of Trustees of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. She has been endorsed by the Buckhead Coalition and Georgia Equality. Jackson has placed an emphasis on educational equity. She has promised to support improved nutrition, mental health, family support, and other key services for students. 

Key Issues

Endorsements

Buckhead Coalition

Georgia Equality

Sources

Ballotpedia

Atlanta Public Schools

SaportaReport

Kenny Hill

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Kenny Hill graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. As the oldest child in a family of seven with a single mother, Hill worked at The Home Depot to support his family and pay his way through college. After 30 years of working for The Home Depot, Hill founded the Launchpad Foundation with his wife, an organization that provides housing, life skills, and career training to the homeless. In 2017, Andrea Boone defeated Kenny Hill in the election for the Atlanta City Council District 10 seat.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Hill advocates investing in the APD with an initiative called “Back the BLUEPrint.” This plan includes recruiting and retaining at least 2000 APD police officers, building community connectivity with officers and citizens, and addressing the causes of criminal behavior. To recruit more officers, Hill advocates improving their working environment and creating a home purchase program with 100% financing or down payment assistance. Hill advocates building community connectivity by assigning police academy candidates to mentor a small group of APS students and holding Quarterly First Responder Appreciation events. To address the causes of criminal behavior, Hill advocates taking action against gangs and the places that provide them shelter, as well as repairing recreation centers and providing youth engagement programs such as homework assistance and the ability to talk to a social worker.

Education

 Hill advocates expanding “We Read Together,” a community program that provides kids with reading tutorials, new books to take home, and incentives for kids and families to read at home. 

Economic Development

Hill advocates creating safe, livable, and affordable housing in Atlanta in order to address deplorable living conditions and crime. He has also proposed regaining the trust of infrastructure and transportation developers by issuing contracts based on developers’ qualifications rather than their connections to City Hall or the Mayor’s Office.

Endorsements

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Sharon Gay

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Gay graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned a Doctor of Law degree from Emory Law School. Gay is a former law clerk, Deputy Chief of Staff to former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, and Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. As Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor, she helped facilitate the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and planned new houses, stores, and offices in underdeveloped Atlanta communities. She currently works as an attorney for Dentons, a global law firm, and was Atlanta Managing Partner of the firm for four years. Gay currently lives in Inman Park with her husband and two Basset Hounds.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Gay advocates improving public safety by providing police staff with better training, especially with body cameras, and ensuring criminals serve sufficient time for their crimes. She has also supported efforts to recruit more law enforcement officers by providing incentives such as higher salaries and benefits.

Housing

Gay wants to implement a similar affordable housing plan to Mayor Bottoms’ One Atlanta Plan, but she advocates the Atlanta City Government taking a larger leadership role in the plan. Gay has expressed support for collaboration between neighborhoods and city departments to adjust housing for the needs of each area.

Endorsements

Sources

AJC

Fox5Atlanta

AtlantaCivicCircle

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
Vote Ed Carlson

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