Steve Kornell fundraiser draws Democratic leaders
ST. PETERSBURG -- City Council candidate Steve Kornell promised to find new revenue streams to support a summer job program for teenagers at a fundraiser at the Kizmet lounge on Monday.
Kornell, the only candidate so far to officially sign up for the District 5 City Council race, has been working to gain a sizable head start. He outlined his platform Monday and collected a pile of checks from a diverse group of supporters.
The crowd included local Democratic leaders and activists: former council member Rene Flowers, Pinellas School Board Member Linda Lerner, state committeewoman Linda Lucas, mayoral candidate Alex Haak, actress Bonnie Agan and playwright Bob Devin Jones, co-founder of the Studio@620.
Kornell said his platform has four legs: job creation, education, environmental protection and public safety.
Police officers need better pay and equipment, he said.
Kornell, a Pinellas County schools employee, said education should continue to be a City Hall priority, even though the School Board oversees the school system. Better schools will help attract more employers, he said.
"People don't want to move into neighborhoods where there aren't good schools," he said.
Kornell also promised to help bring curbside recycling to St. Petersburg.
Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer