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Civil rights activist endorses St. Petersburg candidates

ST. PETERSBURG-- The Rev. Charles McKenzie has endorsed Scott Wagman for mayor. 

McKenzie, the state coordinator for the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition and a local NAACP vice president, said he was impressed by Wagman's intelligence and vision.

McKenzie said he is also supporting council member Karl Nurse and council candidate Steve Kornell.

Kornell is running for District 5 against Angela Rouson. She is the wife of State Rep. Darryl Rouson, who trumped McKenzie twice in the District 55 races last year.

UPDATE (6.13 p.m.) Here is the Wagman campaign's official statement:

Local community leader throws his support behind Wagman for Mayor of St Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG: Mayoral candidate Scott Wagman released another name in his growing list of endorsements in his bid to become the next Mayor of St. Petersburg. Local community leader and activist Reverend Charles McKenzie officially offered his endorsement of Scott Wagman in a video released today by the campaign.
“I’m supporting Scott Wagman… I’ve grown to respect and like him. He represents the bold new leadership the city of St Petersburg needs,” stated Reverend Charles McKenzie a leader in the African American community of St. Petersburg. In his video the Reverend continued in his endorsement that Scott is,  “a departure from the status quo and business as usual… an entrepreneur and a man with executive experience, a family man that has a great deal of compassion and genuine concern for  every segment of  this community.”
In closing Rev. McKenzie stated, “He is the right person at the right time for this position.”
I am honored and grateful to have received the endorsement of Rev. Charles McKenzie. Rev. McKenzie represents the kind of new leadership developing in the African American community with fresh ideas and a bold vision. Our sense of ethics, openness and action are in synch with the needs of St. Petersburg. I welcome Rev. McKenzie and his dynamic wife, Lorna, onto the Wagman team,” stated candidate Wagman.
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Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:51am]


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