Jake Sheridan - Politics Reporter

Politics Reporter

Journalism has allowed me to better know those around me and, in doing so, better know myself. But it matters far beyond me. I know communities best care for themselves when they are informed. I know stories create understanding and connectedness. I know that witness holds power to account. That’s why I want to do this work. I covered the 2020 New Hampshire Presidential Primary, then misinformation and North Carolina politics during the general election. I’m thrilled to cover state and local politics here. When I’m not working, you’ll find me on the disc golf course, every museum around town, or running on the sidewalk listening to young adult audiobooks.

  1. A mail ballot awaiting pickup in a mailbox in Pinellas County in August 2020.
  2. The candidates for St. Petersburg City Council District 4, including Jarib Figueredo at top left, Lisset Hanewicz at top middle, Clifford Hobbs III at top right, Tom Mullins at bottom left, and Doug O'Dowd at bottom right.
  3. William Kilgore of the St. Petersburg Tenant's Union addresses assembled media, housing rights activists and residents of Paradise Apartments at 330 45th Ave. South in St. Petersburg to talk about evictions practices at the complex. Mayoral candidate and City Council member, Robert Blackmon owns the apartment building. He allegedly filed for evictions against three tenants. After activists and lawyers got involved, Blackmon dropped the evictions. The St. Petersburg Tenant's Union, led by organizers William Kilgore and Karla Correa has worked with the tenants to fight against the eviction proceedings. The group is calling for Blackmon to agree to affordable long-term leases.
  4. State Rep. Linda Chaney, City Council member Robert Blackmon (center) and state Sen. Darryl Rouson are pictured during a news conference at the Pinellas Science Center, where they announced funding for the center which will enable its restoration, Friday, July 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  5. The St. Petersburg skyline looking west from the waterfront in June 2018.
  6. A crowd chants at a protest in solidarity with Cuba outside of Kathy Castor's office on Monday, July 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  7. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  8. A voter drops off a mail ballot for early voting at the Pinellas County Election Services County Building on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Veterans Alternative co-founder Brian Anderson was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly attempted to ingest an unprescribed Xanax following his battery conviction on Tuesday.
  10. St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously approved the appropriation of $1.4M in CARES Act funding to the Office of Cultural Affairs. Fourteen St. Pete organizations, including the Dali Museum (pictured), the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Palladium theater could receive funding.
  11. The four candidates for St. Petersburg City Council District 8. At top left, Jeff Danner. At bottom left, Richie Floyd. At top right, Dane Kuplicki. At bottom right, Jamie Mayo.
  12. Dead fish pile up along the shore of North Shore Park on Thursday. St. Petersburg City Council is poised to vote on a resolution asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency as the Red Tide crisis continues.
  13. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  14. Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, photographed here in March 2019, shared in an update to City Council Thursday that gun thefts from cars are up across the city as 2021 homicides mount.
  15. Childs Park Neighborhood Association president Brother John Muhammad, right, and vice president Jabaar Edmond, middle, lead a hybrid in-person and online neighborhood association meeting at Childs Park.
  16. A heavy fish kill was found at Lassing Park in Old Southeast on Thursday in St. Petersburg. Dead fish crowded the beach, flies are swarming and the smell was overwhelming.
  17. Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley. TIMES (2008)
  18. Michael Ingram, 20, attends the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus as a political science major.  He is also a St. Petersburg mayoral candidate.
  19. File photo of St. Petersburg City Hall.
  20. Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
  21. St Petersburg Pregnancy Center, 1210 22nd St S, pictured on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.