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FORMER STATE REP. DWIGHT DUDLEY ENDORSES BARCLAY HARLESS
(ST. PETERSBURG)—Today, former State Representative Dwight Dudley endorsed Barclay Harless for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2. Dudley, a local attorney and champion for consumers’ rights, adds his name to an impressive list of supporters that includes Pinellas County School Board Vice Chair Rene Flowers, St. Petersburg City Council members Jim Kennedy, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni and the WCFFL.
“During my time in Tallahassee, I fought to ensure that Florida’s consumers were treated fairly and unscrupulous corporations were held accountable,” Dudley stated. “Now, more than ever, I believe that we need principled leaders who won’t shy away from the tough battles. I observed Barclay at work and had the pleasure of working together with him in the Legislature, I am convinced that he has the integrity and tenacity necessary to face down any challenge. I know that he will stand up to outside interests and stand up for the families and small businesses of St. Petersburg. That is why I am honored to endorse Barclay and his fresh perspective for our city.”
“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 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.