St. Petersburg City Council races getting crowded

The overall field is up to 11
An exterior view of St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
An exterior view of St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published May 23

ST. PETERSBURG — Eleven people are now vying for seats on the City Council.

Eritha “Akile” Cainion, 22, joins Chico Cromartie, 47, in challenging incumbent Lisa Wheeler-Bowman for the District 7 seat, which encompasses most of the area south and west of Tropicana Field and borders Gulfport. Cainion, who is affiliated with the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, previously ran for the District 6 seat in 2017.

Anne Lenholt Hirsch, 61, a midwife and activist through the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, is running for the District 5 seat, as is Beth Connor, 54, a paralegal and activist. The seat is being vacated by Steve Kornell, who is term-limited. District 5 covers Lakewood Estates and Pinellas Point. Anthony Cates, 29, Deborah Figgs-Sanders, 54, and Trenia Cox, 68, round out the field for that seat.

John Hornbeck, 34, has jumped into the race for the District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Charlie Gerdes, who is term limited. He faces Scott Orsini, 53. Both are lawyers. District 1 encompasses the Tyrone area.

Incumbent Ed Montanari, 61, is currently unopposed in District 3, which includes Shore Acres.