Three church leaders back Flowers
Rene Flowers, contender for Pinellas County Commission District 3, has announced endorsements from a group of religious leaders. They include Rev. Emanuel Sykes of Bethel Community Church, Rev. Clarence Williams of Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Pastor Rickey Houston of Bethel Metropolitan Church and Rev. Alvin Miller, Assistant Pastor of Bethel Metropolitan Church.
This Sunday, Flowers, her backer, State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, and other supporters will take part in the 9:30 a.m. service at Bethel Community Church, which is in St. Petersburg.
UPDATE: Houston said he has not endorsed Flowers and does not support one political candidate over another. "My position is please register to vote and vote," Houston said.
--Will Van Sant, Times staff writer