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Shulman bids farewell to the St. Pete political stage -- for now



ST. PETERSBURG -- A day after losing the primary in St. Petersburg's District 1 City Council race, 35-year-old financial planner said he would help his former opponent, Charlie Gerdes, win the Nov. 8 general election.

Gerdes won Tuesday's primary with 52 percent of the vote. He faces Robert Kersteen, who came in second by nabbing 28 percent. Shulman, running in his first political race, finished third with 20 percent.

What's next for Shulman? Either he doesn't know or he's not saying.

Here's a post-election e-mail he sent the Times.

I love St. Petersburg.  I love it more today than I did on May 13th when I announced my candidacy for city council.  The experience of this campaign has given me a unique and rewarding opportunity to see how our city operates, have candid conversations with her citizens, and elevate the discourse about the potential for our city’s future.  For that, I cannot say Thank You enough.

I cannot express how much I appreciate all of you that supported my campaign, those that saw the value, heart, and energy I desired to bring to District 1 and city council.  It humbles me to have so many do so much in support of my candidacy. 
I have received many calls and e-mails asking what is next for me. 
I plan to spend the next several months working to make sure that Charlie Gerdes is the next councilman for District 1.   His passion for representing the people and putting them first makes him the best choice for our city.  I hope that you will join me in supporting him as well. 
On behalf of myself, my wife Jennifer, and our son Jacob – Thank you.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 2:24pm]


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