(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – Today, 40 of St. Petersburg’s small business owners vigorously endorsed Barclay Harless’ campaign to bring a fresh perspective to City Hall. They join a bipartisan coalition of supporters, including Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni, Pinellas County School Board member Renee Flowers, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor and St. Petersburg councilmembers Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Jim Kennedy. Harless is vying to succeed outgoing Councilman Kennedy in St. Petersburg City Council, District 2.
“Barclay’s private sector experience, coupled with his unique service in the state legislature, on the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission, and on non-profit boards gives him a fresh perspective on how to get things done in City Hall. Our business community wants leaders who are accountable, who get results, and who will ensure that big-ticket items stay within their timelines and budgets,” said Nick Janovsky, Harless’ Campaign Manager.
“Being an advocate for our small businesses is a true passion of mine. We have real opportunities to improve parking, to streamline the city’s permitting process, and to reign in the rising costs of doing business in St. Pete. There is no easy path to reach these goals, but I will work hand-in-hand with our public and private sector partners to cut through the red tape and get things done,” said Harless.
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.
The list is as follows:
Max Glazer – The Shave Cave
Tom Woodard – Pom Poms Sandwicharia
Leisa and Matthew Erikson – Bay Attache Realty Inc.
Lisa Williams – Evolve & Co.
Jason Griffin – The Mill Restaurant
Sylvia Rusche – Sylvia Rusche Insurance Agency
James Ryan – Kalamazoo Olive
Brad Husted – Phoenix3 Marketing LLC
Jacqueline Williams and Todd Wilson – FurnishMe Vintage Store
James Kennedy – James R. Kennedy Law Firm
Renaud Cowez – Tryst Gastro Lounge
Charles Prather – The Birchwood Inn
Bob Devin Jones – The Studio@620
Sonny Hotchkiss – Sonny Hotchkiss PA
Mark Aeling – MGA Sculpture Studio LLC
Mario Farias – Farias Consulting Group
Brian Longstreth – Punky’s Bar & Grill
Brett Anders – The Ale and the Witch
Kevin Lane – Reading Room
Jeffrey Jew – Stillwaters Tavern
Brian Bailey – RKC.me
Michael Mastry – HavenHome
Dwight Dudley – Law office
Grateful Fed – Sebastian Huber
Ryan Griffin – Mandarin Hide
Scott Wagman – Commercial Property
Andrew Lee – Roundhouse Creative
Nick Janovsky – Strategic Campaigns LLC
Dave Sockol – Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro
Ryan Tarrant – Cinema Squatch
William “Gill” Lazenby – Ellison & Lazenby PA
Phil Yost – Compass Land & Title
Derek Keyes – Commercial Real Estate
Jesse Landis – Landis Messaging & Media
Ian Gomez – GBY & Associates
Yale Walker – Walker Wealth Management
Mark Lombardi-Nelson – ShootToThrill Media
Mo Epply – MityMo Creative
Pete Boland – The Galley
Joe Rosenthal – Beach Drive Realty
Josh Cameron – Oyster Bay & Lucky Dill