St. Petersburg City Council member Jeff Danner faces Leonard Schmiege in District 8
ST. PETERSBURG — When two men started brawling at a City Council meeting this month, it was a perfect moment for council candidate Leonard Schmiege.
The technology-loving District 8 contender says he is intensely interested in letting people know what's happening in local government, which is why he brought a video camera to that Oct. 15 meeting. His footage was quickly posted on tampabay.com, the main news Web site of the St. Petersburg Times.
But in some ways, it also was a telling moment for District 8 council member Jeff Danner. Because while Schmiege was dead set against the city giving a public sidewalk to BayWalk, Danner said he was willing to consider it.
Ultimately, Danner voted against it, saying the downtown complex needs a more comprehensive solution than simply giving up some concrete. But it is representative, Danner said, of the balanced approach he takes on the City Council.