(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – Capping off a strong first two months, Barclay Harless has received the endorsement of revered Pinellas County Commissioner, John Morroni, in his bid for St. Pete City Council District 2. Morroni, a former State Legislator, past Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, advocate for law enforcement, EMS workers and first responders, has been a political icon for more than two decades. Morroni joins School Board member Renee Flowers and St. Pete City Council woman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman in supporting Barclay.
“In order to have seamless cooperation on big-ticket projects, we need elected officials who understand how the different layers of government interact. I was proud to appoint Barclay to the Pinellas Charter Review where he championed a ballot amendment—which ultimately passed countywide—that stipulates citizen-drawn redistricting for the County Commission. This is a testament to his work ethic and vision for our community. I proudly stand with Barclay in his campaign for St. Pete City Council District 2,” stated Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni.
“Having worked across the aisle in the Florida Legislature, with local leaders on the Pinellas County Charter Review Board, with the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce and with the small businesses that have revolutionized our urban core, I am ready to take on the issues facing our city. I was raised with two basic fundamentals: one, be direct and honest in dealing with others. Two, tackle problems with a can-do, pragmatic approach,” said Barclay Harless.
Harless plans to focus on finding commonsense solutions to issues surrounding the Pier, Tropicana Field, and the city’s wastewater systems. He is also committed to growing small, local businesses and engaging his district to better understand their concerns and priorities
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.