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SPC Offers ‘Pizza and Politics’ Night to Meet Candidates

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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

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
Dawn Douglas yes 727-385-3550
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.

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