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Meet St. Petersburg mayoral candidate, outspoken activist, Republican Sharon Russ

Russ ST. PETERSBURG — Sharon Russ is a minister without a congregation.

That hasn't stopped her from preaching.

Since moving to St. Petersburg more than a decade ago, Russ, 48, quickly earned a reputation as an outspoken activist, chastising city leaders for being too lax on crime, demanding housing for the homeless, and criticizing the city's cozy network of political elites and business leaders at community forums and meetings across Pinellas County.

It's an unusual background for a mayoral candidate, but Russ, the only Republican woman in a crowded field of nine, is accustomed to taking the route less traveled.

"It isn't a good feeling when you struggle all your life and you try to get on your feet and you get beat back down," she said. "The good thing is, I haven't thrown in the towel, and I am not going to throw in the towel."

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


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