Barclay Harless files for St. Pete City Council
Barclay Harless has filed to run for the District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.
Harless, 31, a Bank of the Ozarks manager, hopes to replace term-limited Jim Kennedy, a Democrat who has served on the council since being appointed in 2007.
Harless is the first candidate to announce in the district which covers most of the northeastern neighborhoods in the city into the Gateway.
Harless, a Demcorat, has worked for State. Sen. Darryl Rouson when Rouson was in the State House. He also served as student government president at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. Harless resigned that position after alcohol was found in his office on campus, a violation of university rules. Harless has described that incident, which happened nearly a decade ago, as a youthful mistake.
A campaign release notes that Harless has been active in the community, including state policy chair for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Pinellas Charter Review, where he sponsored an amendment stipulating citizen-drawn redistricting for the county commission.
Harless released a statement saying that despite the citys' recent boom, big issues remain to be tackled includng the sewer crisis, Tropicana Field's redevelopment and crime.
"We will not find solutions in finger-pointing or empty political rhetoric," Harless wrote. "Rather, our problems require bold, decisive action to get things done."
He urged voters to check his website: voteharless.com
City elections will have an Aug. 29 primary. The general election is Nov. 7.
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