The emphasis will be on informality and personal conversations when St. Petersburg College presents Pizza and Politics, a public gathering of local candidates and the voters to whom they look to get elected. It will be Oct. 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SPC Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N.
The program, which includes pizza and soda, is free, but advance registration is requested at http://solutions.spcollege.edu/.
The informal setting is designed to give voters a chance to meet the candidates and engage in one-on-one conversation with those who seek to represent them. Invited are the candidates on the Nov. 6th ballot for the following offices: Pinellas County Commission, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives, and Congressional District 13.
“Because of time constraints and fairness concerns, most candidate debate events have strict formats that don’t allow for actual engagement with the candidates,” said David Klement, Executive Director of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC. “And we have held that type of event in the past. But this year we wanted to give voters a chance to ask their own questions and share their concerns with the candidates close-up and personal. Hence Pizza and Politics.”
The program will open with each candidate being introduced and making the best case for his/her election – all in two minutes each. Then they will disperse to individual stations, and voters – while sampling pizza – can browse through the room, stopping by any or all stations to meet the candidates and share their views about the issues.
Voting is the most basic civil right that American citizens can claim. It is the foundation of the democratic system of government. All too often it is unappreciated by contemporary Americans, many of whom don’t bother to vote or fail to inform themselves about the candidates and issues at stake.
This program is presented in an effort to dispel that apathy – and to honor the privilege of the vote and the importance of an informed electorate.
For further information: 727-394-6942
List of Candidates:
|Candidate Name||Status||Office Sought|
|Kathleen Peters||CC D-6|
|Amy Kedron||yes||CC D-6 -D|
|Jeffrey Brandes||Senate d-24|
|Carrie Lambeth Pilon||Senate D-24-D|
|Ed Hooper||Senate D-16|
|Amanda Murphy||Senate D-16-D|
|James Grant||House D-64|
|Jessica Harrington||Yes||House D-64-D|
|Andy Warrener||Yes||House D-64 ind.|
|Chris Sprowls||House D-65|
|Sally A. Laufer||Yes||House D-65-D|
|Nick DiCeglie||House D-66|
|Alex Heeren||Yes||House D-66-D|
|Raymond M. Blacklidge||Yes||House D-69|
|Jennifer N. Webb||Yes||House D-69-D|
|Chris Latvala||Yes||House D-67 – R|
|Dave Ellis||Circuit Judge Group 4|
|roxanne Fixsen||Yes||Circuit Judge Group 4|
|Jeff Larsen||Yes||School Board D-2|
|Lisa Cane||Yes||School Board D-2|
|Peggy O’Shea||Yes||School Board D-3|
|Nicole Carr||Yes||School Board D-3|
|Matt Stewart||Yes||School Board D-6|
|Bill Dudley||School Board D-6|
|Charlie Crist||House D-13 D|
|George William Buck||Yes||House D-13 R|
|Chris Burke||Seminole CC|
|Dan Hester||Yes||Seminole CC|
|Kelly Wissing||Yes||Seminole CC|
|tom Marrah||yes||Seminole CC|
|Trish Springer||Yes||Seminole CC|
Header image from the Orlando Sentinel.