(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – Today, Pinellas political icon and longtime community leader, Renee Flowers, has endorsed Barclay Harless in his bid for St. Pete City Council District 2, which encompasses northern St. Pete and the Gandy area. Flowers adds her voice to a growing list of supporters that includes the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 123, and over 100 individual donors who contributed to the campaign in its first week.

“Serving on the R’Club and Louise Graham Board of Directors, I can attest to Barclay’s leadership abilities and his dedication to service. Having worked with Barclay on a number of important initiatives in the Midtown area, I know that he is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education,” Flowers stated. “He understands that the only way to achieve this goal is for all levels of government to work together. Barclay has the vision, the plans, and the fresh perspective we need to lead St. Pete in the right direction. I look forward to working with him on making our city a better place for all of its residents,” said Renee Flowers.

“We are running a grassroots campaign powered by small businesses, St. Pete residents, and community leaders who want a fresh perspective to get things done in city hall,” said Harless. “The challenges that face our city 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.”

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. 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.