(ST PETE FL) – Candidate Barclay Harless, vying for St. Pete City Council District 2, has issued the first position statement in his race. Harless has announced that he will not support any taxpayer dollars being used for the construction of a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays until our waste water systems are fully repaired and functional, without the threat of any future spills.
“Our city must focus on priority projects first,” Harless stated. “Ensuring that our waste water systems are functioning properly is a core responsibility of city government, and we must devote the entirety of our resources to that cause until the threat of future sewage spills has been totally eliminated.
“As a fifth generation Floridian, I care about our environment. Our bay must remain an asset and not become a liability.
“Until our waste water systems are fully updated, I will not vote to spend a single dime of taxpayer money on a new stadium. The families and small business owners that I have spoken with, as I’ve walked our city’s neighborhoods, have echoed that sentiment.
“St. Pete is a major league city, not just because of our baseball team, but because we always meet our greatest challenges, head on. The coming years will undoubtedly bring new and unexpected obstacles, and we need councilmembers who will keep their eye on the ball and remain focused on the issues that matter most.”
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.