ST. PETE LGBTA LEADERS ENDORSE BARCLAY HARLESS

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ST. PETE LGBTA LEADERS ENDORSE BARCLAY HARLESS
FOR ST PETE CITY COUNCIL: Supporters tout long record of being an ally.

(St. Pete FL) – Several Tampa Bay LGBTA leaders and community advocates endorsed Barclay Harless today. Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith, 2017 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal Ed Lally, Equality Florida Pinellas Coordinator Todd Richardson and Brian Longstreth of Your Neighborhood Realty, Inc., all say “I’m with Barclay!” Their combined leadership has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in Pinellas to build a more inclusive and welcoming region for over a decade.

“I don’t want to just be a strong ally, I am a fighter for equality. Work is not done until no person feels threatened or unwelcome in St. Pete and I won’t allow any protections to be rolled back. I don’t have an agenda other than human dignity and respect for all people and I will be a fierce advocate on City Council. Businesses thrive when they are inclusive and diversity is recognized as a community strength,” said Barclay Harless.

“Barclay has served on the Pinellas Charter Review Commission and I saw his leadership abilities and his pragmatic approach to solving challenges. I look forward to working with him as a fellow Pinellas City official,” said Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith.

“Barclay has community, political and business service from the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce, the state legislature, and serving on the Equality Means Business Advisory Board. This has uniquely prepared Barclay to lead in City Hall,” said 2017 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal Ed Lally.

Todd Richardson proclaimed: “We need a passionate leader who will naturally do the right thing. Barclay has been with our community and he won’t need to be persuaded to come around.”

Barclay Harless’ record on LGBTA issues:
· Pro-Marriage equality, Pro-Domestic Partner Registries, and Human Rights Ordinances

· Advocated for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act for years at the state level

· Serving on the Equality Florida “Equality Means Business” Advisory Board

· Walked in the Pete Pride Parade and attended the Diversity Chamber annual Gala

· Proud Equality Florida supporter and annual gala attendee

Their support joins Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni, School Board member Renee Flowers, The West Central Florida Federation of Labor and St. Pete councilmembers Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Jim Kennedy in supporting Barclay Harless.
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