WCFFL / AFL-CIO ENDORSES BARCLAY HARLESS
FOR ST PETE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
(ST. PETE) – Today, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (WCFFL/AFL-CIO) endorsed Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council District 2. WCFFL covers Tampa Bay, including Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough.
Cheryl Schroeder, WCFFL’s Executive Director, stated, “We have proudly endorsed Barclay Harless based on his record of community advocacy, his stance for fair / living wages and his strong record of supporting working families. St. Petersburg needs a leader who will fight for our city to benefit its people – not succumb to corporate greed.”
The WCFFL represents AFL-CIO affiliated locals in a 12 county jurisdiction, representing some 100,000 active and retired union members in the area. Its endorsement brings with it a solid fundraising, organizing, and volunteer base to support Harless in his campaign.
WCFFL / AFLCIO’s support joins Pinellas School Board member Renee Flowers, Commissioner John Morroni, Councilmember Jim Kennedy and Councilmember Lisa Wheeler-Bowman in supporting Harless.
“I am honored and grateful to have the support of the brothers and sisters of labor. I will bring a fresh perspective and new leadership to the St. Pete City Council that works in partnership with labor to protect our quality of life and meet the challenges of the future while protecting workers rights,” said Barclay Harless.
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 Act 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.
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