Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County

LGBT Democrats, and allies, advancing equality for all…

Fall 2017 Endorsements

St Petersburg Matters to All Pinellas!

Party Oct 9th at Queen’s Head

 The government of the City of St Petersburg matters to everyone in Pinellas, both because of the influence that extends beyond the City limits and because St Pete is a crucial partner to the work of the Pinellas County Commission. The progress we have made as an LGBT community in the past few years has been outstanding, and we don’t want to slide backwards into darker days. For these reasons, the Stonewall Dems urge everyone in Pinellas County and beyond to lend a hand to elect our endorsed candidates

The membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County have voted to endorse a slate of candidates in the St Petersburg Municipal races. All candidates completed written surveys on equality issues and were interviewed at length by the organization’s Elections committee. We count on members, allies, and the public to support these candidates and assist in their campaigns.

 Endorsed Candidates Are:

 For Mayor—Rick Kriseman

For City Council:

Darden Rice

Barclay Harless

Gina Driscoll

 These candidates need your help, including your financial contributions, to stay competitive. Please come out to our fundraiser at The Queens Head on Oct 9th. Come by early and drop off a check and still make the TIGLFF movie @ 7:00 at AMC Sundail. If you attend, please, please consider a donation….even $5.00 will help.

 

Rick Kriseman – Mayor

Background: Rick has been a long-time supporter of Equality issues; he helped passed the first Human Rights Ordinance in St. Petersburg in 2002, and promoted pro-LGBT legislation while in the FL House of Representatives. He will continue to take a stand to protect the rights of the LGBT community within city government and in partnership with other Florida municipal leaders. He’s conducting a positive campaign focusing on issues rather than opponents and hopes to lead the city council as a team to get more done than in the past. He’s a Stonewall Dems Professional Member thru his law firm, Lucas Green & Magazine.

 

Darden Rice – City Council, District 4

Background: Darden has been active in politics and public life for many years. She was the first openly gay candidate for St. Pete City Council in 2005, and has just stepped down as president of the League of Women Voters to run in this race. She hopes to strengthen the city’s ability to attract high-paying jobs and to address the concerns of the various neighborhoods, to ensure that all citizens and constituencies are represented. She is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and has long been active in progressive political organizations.