St. Petersburg council candidate Trevor Mallory likes the guy he's running against
ST. PETERSBURG -- Political newcomer Trevor Mallory says he’s got little problem with incumbent District 6 council member Karl Nurse.
“I like Karl Nurse, I like what he’s doing," Mallory said, but "I see some things that have been ignored."
As he vies for the seat Nurse has held since 2008, Mallory emphasizes he is not running a negative campaign. “I bring new ideas to the table. I listen. I bring new energy,” he said.
Mallory said he wants to help the community in which he grew up. “I have to raise my daughters in this same community,” he told the Tampa Bay Times' editorial board Wednesday. “I am just a nervous father.”
Here is his take on several issues:
Safety: “The crime rate is too high,” he said, adding that it is difficult to entice development to an unsafe community. “We have to clean up the inner community first,” he said. “We need more community policing….We’ve got to get back to neighborhood watch.”
Redevelopment: Mallory said he wants to encourage the development of local businesses. Drug dealing is a symptom of a lack of jobs, he said. “I have been in this neighborhood all my life. There are no job opportunities,” he said.Commenting about the closed Sweetbay supermarket in Midtown, Mallory said he thought it was the wrong store for the area. It was just too pricey, he said.
Mandatory curbside recycling: He agrees with such a policy. “It helps clean up the city,” he said.
The Rays: The baseball team should be held to its contract with St. Petersburg, he said. He also believes that the team should have more outreach programs in southern neighborhoods such as giving away tickets as incentives to students who do well.
The Lens: Mallory said he likes the Lens design, but “first we should let the citizens vote.”
He said he is reticent about demolishing the inverted pyramid because it has stood up to Florida’s weather. He’s not sure that the Lens could withstand a Category 5 storm, he said. “I think we can remodel that pyramid for half the money. It does need to be brought up to date.”