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St. Pete's pier to serve as backdrop for McKalip fundraiser

St. Petersburg's pier is already shaping up to be a central issue in the city's upcoming mayoral and city council elections, and next month it will be an actual backdrop for a candidate fundraiser.

State Senator Jeff Brandes and a host committee filled with other Pinellas County Republicans are holding a fundraiser for Dr. David McKalip at a restaurant on the pier on May 15. McKalip, a neurosurgeon and tea party activist, is running for the District 4 seat on the City Council that is being vacated by Councilwoman Leslie Curran. He is being challenged by Darden Rice, former president of the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg.

The fundraiser's host committee includes Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, former Pinellas County Commissioners Nancy Bostock and Barbara Sheen-Todd, and Pinellas GOP chairman Michael Guju, among others.

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The full invite is below:

Fundraiser at The Pier for David McKalip

Host Committee

Senator Jeff Brandes, Florida Senate

Mayor Leslie Waters, Past Speaker Pro Tempore Florida House of Representatives

Nancy Bostock, Past Pinellas County Commissioner

Barbara Sheen-Todd, Past Pinellas County Commissioner

Michael Guju, Esq.

Jay J. Beyrouti

Dan Tucker

Barbara Stephens

Dr. Miguel Fana, MD

Kurt Peterson

Larry J. Williams

Gail Hebert

Daryle Hamel

Where: ChaCha Coconuts at the St. Petersburg Pier

802 2nd Ave NE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To RSVP or for additional information please email