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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, 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.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:15pm]


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