St. Pete council candidate Vel Thompson hosts campaign kickoff
ST. PETERSBURG -- Vel Thompson, a candidate for City Council, will host a kickoff party Friday in her bid to unseat Karl Nurse. Here's her announcement:
Vel Thompson, candidate for St. Petersburg City Council – District 6, has issued invitations for a “Meet the Candidate” fundraiser on June 12 at Front Porch Community Development Gardens, 1523 16th St. S, St. Petersburg. The kickoff party will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thompson was born and raised in St. Petersburg. She is a product of Methodist Town and now lives in Lakewood Estates. Vel is a mother of two, Michael Leland Morgan Jr., 35, and Jessica Michelle Swain, 22.
Until April 2008, Vel Thompson worked for almost 10 years as a public servant managing the city of St. Petersburg’s Neighborhood Team, aka N-Team, where she received the city of St. Petersburg Service Award on three separate occasions. As the manager of the N-Team, Vel worked with low-income, elderly homeowners who had received code violations from the city. The N-Team supervised and worked alongside inmates who were on work-release who volunteered to bring the property up to code. The N-Team and their volunteers made the necessary repairs and educated the homeowners on how to maintain the repairs. Specific skill training and employment training was provided for the work-release volunteers who participated in the program.
As a mentor and member of CONA Leaderships, Vel has rallied sponsorship for several neighborhood paint projects. In 2008, Vel was honored by Bay New 9 as one of their Every Day Heroes and has received numerous other awards from local and national organizations including the James B. Sanderlin Center, NAACP, League of Cities and Front Porch. She was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000. Vel is a member of the NAACP and the Lakewood Estates Neighborhood Association.
“What I have experienced over the past three weeks is an outpouring of support from the community for me to run for City Council in District 6. Because I am so connected to this community, I know I have the qualities and experience to make a good council member. That is why I am running to become a member of the City Council representing District 6.”