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Two national leaders endorse Ed Helm



ST. PETERSBURG -- Ed Helm's campaign says two national leaders have endorsed him for mayor.

Helm, a retired lawyer, said he was honored to be endorsed by former congressman Lee Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The campaign says former presidential candidate and senator Bill Bradley has also endorsed Helm.

Here is the campaign's press release on the Hamilton endorsement:

Lee Hamilton Endorses Ed Helm For Mayor of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL, August 12, 2009………Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton announced today that he is supporting Ed Helm in his election bid to become St. Petersburg’s next Mayor. Hamilton served in the US Congress for more than 30 years and is well known nationally for his work as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, as co-chair of the independent 9/11 Commission, and also as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group in 2004. His reputation as a man of integrity and honor are well-known and much deserved throughout the world.

Hamilton had this to say about the upcoming election in St. Petersburg. "I have known Ed Helm since the early '80's and respect his commitment to public service. I am pleased to endorse Ed for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. His character, compassion and courage, along with his 30 years of experience in government, make him the best choice to be your Mayor."

Reached at his office in St. Petersburg, Helm responded, “This election is too important to ignore. I urge voters to take part, be informed, and most of all, vote on Election Day, Sept 1. We thank Lee Hamilton for his support, it’s an honor to have his endorsement”.

The race for Mayor of St. Petersburg is heating up in its final days before the Sept. 1 primary. All interested parties are urged to visit Ed’s campaign site, for more information on where he stands on the important issues facing the city. Volunteers are needed, especially among the 18-34 year olds.   Decisions made now will affect their lives the most in the years ahead.  

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:03pm]


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