Published On: Wed, Aug 5th, 2015

Libertarian Party of Pinellas County hosts St. Pete City Council Candidate Forum at SPC Gibbs Saturday

The Libertarian Party of Pinellas County will host a St. Pete City Council Candidate Forum on Saturday, August 8th from 11am-1pm. All qualified candidates have been invited to participate. The intent is to promote civic engagement between the candidates and the community so that the electorate may make an informed choice for their government officials.

Each candidate will have time to introduce him/herself and answer written questions from the audience followed by a closing statement. Questions may include topics on the Rays, homelessness, marijuana, the Pier, flooding and more.

This year, the city of St. Pete will hold elections for odd numbered Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Their terms are for four years, beginning January 2, 2016.

Since Ed Montanari, from District 3 (Snell and Venetian Isles area), is running uncontested, he will automatically serve as a councilmember in 2016.

Both candidates from each District 1 and District 5, will automatically move on to the general election and skip the primary since only two candidates filed to run in each of those races.

Five candidates are competing for the District 7 council position, three of whom will be eliminated following the primary election on August 25th. The two finalists will battle it out in the Nov. 3rd election.

This nonpartisan event is free and open to the public and is not sponsored by SPC or the West St. Pete Community Library.

All qualified candidates have been invited to participate. They are:

District 1
Monica Mary Abbott
Charles W. Gerdes

District 5
Philip Garrett
Steven L. Kornell

District 3
John E. “Ed” Montanari

District 7
Lisa Wheeler-Brown
Sheila Scott Griffin
Winthrop “Will” Newton
Aaron  Sharpe
Elvert Lewis Stephens

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