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Know Your Candidates: St. Petersburg City Council, District 8

St. Petersburg City Council | District 8

The two candidates who emerged from the Aug. 27 four-way primary are both political newcomers. Amy Foster won more than half of the vote; Steve Galvin won 18 percent. In the weeks since, Galvin has gone on the offensive in robocalls critical of Foster's experience and volunteer activities, while Foster has focused on touting why she is the best candidate for the job. Anna M. Phillips, Times staff writer

Amy Foster, 36

Nonprofit program manager

Steve Galvin, 55

Music producer

Originally from Baton Rouge, La., Foster moved to St. Petersburg 10 years ago. She is the national program manager for the EdLab Group, a Seattle-based nonprofit. Previously, she worked for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Foster has served as vice

president of St. Pete Pride, volunteers for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin and is a member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association.
Experience Galvin moved to the city 10 years ago after working in the music business in California. He continues to produce music for the plush toy industry and builds custom motorcycles under the name Wikked Steel. He also has purchased and renovated several homes on his block. Galvin has volunteered for Gulfcoast Legal Services and Lawyers for Literacy, and been a member of his neighborhood association in North Kenwood.
She has a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana.EducationHe attended El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.
I am recommended by two newspapers, police and firefighters, Realtors and our Chamber of Commerce. In a four-way primary, 56 percent of voters recognized that I am not deterred by bureaucracy or partisan politics; nor do I use negative, misleading campaign tactics. I focus on what matters most to residents and have a plan everyone can agree on for public safety, jobs and education.Why should voters pick you

over your opponent?
As an independent business owner for 30 years with experience in retail and the construction trades, I possess a much broader range of business experience than my opponent, whose focus has been on educational initiatives for girls. As a home and business owner here, unlike my opponent, I have a proven commitment to and investment in this community.
I support soliciting public input so the public can determine the most important functions. All designs should include information about annual operating subsidies so the public can make the most informed choice.What should be done about

the Pier?
It's time to move forward with public input on what to do with the Pier. Polls show that a large percentage of citizens favor a renovation. This has been my position all along as I believe that it is the most fiscally prudent path.
The city should work to protect the citizens' investment in the Tampa Bay Rays. If all other options (within the city and county) are exhausted, I believe the Rays are a regional asset and would allow exploration across the bay. I believe the city should receive compensation and the amendment should spell out a specific time period for exploration.Should the city amend its contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to allow them to look for new stadium sites across the bay?The contract is the only security the city has for its investment. Once we begin modifying it, we run the risk of weakening it as a whole and making it more difficult to enforce should the Rays find a site and want to leave. At most, I might consider allowing them to look in Pinellas County, but I cannot support a new stadium paid for with tax dollars.
Public safety is important but I am not a fan of red-light cameras. The issues with this program have eroded the public's trust in both state and local officials. I will vote to end this program.Do you support red-light

Not as the program was implemented. Though I support improving road safety, the cameras were placed at intersections most likely to generate revenue and not at the intersections with the highest accident rates.
Yes. I support increasing transit options, including bike share programs, trolley routes, bus rapid transit and light rail. Light rail will encourage more businesses to locate here and provides opportunities for increasing regional employment.Will you support the 1-cent county sales tax increase for mass transit in 2014? Light rail?Yes, I will support the 1-cent county sales tax increase for mass transit. I believe that it is essential to update our public transportation system. I support the light rail component as well.
Raised $35,765, including $4,400 in personal loans. Spent $27,609.FundraisingRaised $18,005, including $12,000 in personal loans. Spent $9,466.
She and her partner, Jamie, live in Historic Kenwood.PersonalHe and his wife, Pam, live in North Kenwood.,,, @amyforstpeteWeb, email, Facebook,,

About the job: District 8 encompasses the neighborhoods of Historic Kenwood, North Kenwood, Disston Heights and Central Oak Park. Council members serve four-year terms and make $38,000 a year.

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