Barclay Harless to Run for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2

(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – Civic leader and local community banker Barclay Harless has filed all necessary paperwork to run for District 2 of the St. Petersburg City Council which encompasses northern St. Pete and the Gandy area.

“I believe that real leaders listen more than they speak. I vow to always listen to the families and small business owners of St. Petersburg. I know that together, we will meet the challenges that face our community and bring a fresh perspective to City Hall. If you would like to find out more, please visit,” said Barclay Harless.

“In recent years, our city has experienced a renaissance. Local businesses are thriving, violent crime is down, and our waterfront is bustling with activity. However, despite all of this progress, a number of serious issues linger on. Our sewage system is in dire need of repair, the fate of Tropicana Field remains unclear, and violence still plagues some of our neighborhoods. These challenges may seem daunting, but they are man-made so we have the power to solve them. We will not find solutions in finger-pointing or empty political rhetoric. Rather, our problems require bold, decisive action to get things done,” continued Harless.

Barclay Harless plans to focus on the Pier, Tropicana, wastewater, small business growth and engage his district for their voice on their concerns for the city.

A fifth-generation Floridian, Barclay Harless has been involved in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 with a bachelor’s in history, he went to work in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg for State Representative Darryl Rouson during the height of the economic recession. He has served on the board of R’Club Childcare, Inc., and the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration for three and half years. Barclay has been the state policy chair in the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on grant boards for the Suncoast United Way. He was appointed to the Pinellas Charter Review Commission in 2015 and sponsored a county amendment that stipulated citizen-drawn redistricting for the county commission.