“Barclay continues to lead in fundraising month after month and he is garnering support in his race from local businesses, community leaders and now a key endorsement from the twice-elected Jim Kennedy to replace him – thus sending a strong message to district 2 voters,” said Nick Janovsky

(ST. PETE – FL) Current district 2 City Councilman Jim Kennedy, appointed in October 2007 and twice elected by strong margins, has endorsed Barclay Harless to replace him on city council. Kennedy has advocated maintaining strong reserves and keeping spending in-check. The district Jim Kennedy will have represented for nearly ten years has many opportunities ahead that need strong leadership and a fresh perspective. Kennedy has worked tirelessly to revitalize the area and is ready to pass the torch.

“We need to keep trust in local government and Barclay will be a budget watchdog, an independent thinker and bring a fresh perspective to city council. Barclay has a clear vision that spending must be in-check and priority projects come first, not frivolous projects. We must continue to make transportation improvements in the district, including the Gandy Boulevard work and the San Martin Bridge. I stand with Barclay in his campaign and I support him as my successor,” said St. Pete Councilman Jim Kennedy.

“I have watched Jim lead with a grounded conviction to fiscal responsibly and I am thankful for his support and advice. Jim knows district 2 and cares about the many neighborhoods here and around the entire city. I’m ready to roll-up my sleeves and continue Jim’s legacy in addition to being a voice for the northern area of our city,” 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., is a member of Equality Florida’s advisory board for the Competitive Workforce Actand 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.