Sunday, February 18, 2018
Politics

Amy Foster seeks St. Petersburg's District 8 City Council seat

ST. PETERSBURG — Amy Foster immersed herself in civic groups 10 years ago after landing in the Historic Kenwood neighborhood. She now wants to use that as a springboard to the City Council.

Foster, 35, declared her candidacy this week for the District 8 council seat.

"I'm running because I really love our city," said, Foster, who is not related to Mayor Bill Foster. "I'm already an active volunteer."

She joins William Hurley and Alex Duensing in the Aug. 27 primary for the seat currently held by Jeff Danner, who faces term limits.

Foster, a Democrat, hails from Baton Rouge, La.

She is vice president of St. Pete Pride and was founding board member of the Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport. She also volunteers for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin.

Foster works as a national program manager for the EdLab Group, a nonprofit based in Seattle. She provides professional development and technical help in 39 states for the National Girls Collaborative Project.

The program recruits girls for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Foster, who is single, also served the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida for 10 years as a director of girl and adult leadership development. She earned a psychology degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2000.

On the campaign trail, Foster said she'll talk about building safer neighborhoods, creating jobs and developing a better workforce.

"I know how to make a difference in building public and private partnerships," she said.

Topics generating chatter among voters include the proposal to replace the Pier with the Lens and the fate of a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. The team no longer wants to play at Tropicana Field although it has a user agreement through 2027.

Foster hopes a solution can be found to keep the Rays at the Trop or another suitable site in the city. She said light rail, if it is ever built in the area, could boost attendance.

"At the end of the day, the Rays are an asset to the entire region," she said.

As for the turmoil surrounding the Lens, Foster said she isn't in favor of saving the inverted pyramid, adding: "I think it's time to move forward."

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

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