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City Council District 5 Debate – Connor, Cox, Figgs-Sanders, Garrett, Hirsch

August 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

$25 – $35

Date: August 22, 2019 11:30am – 1:15pm

Venue: St. Petersburg Yacht Club

Price: $25 for members; $35 for non-members/guests.

St. Petersburg City Council District 5 primary election takes place August 27th. Who will you be voting for? Five candidates have put their hat in the ring, and we’ll vet them together in our second debate of the 2019 election cycle. Each candidate is vying for the seat held by Council Member Steve Kornell, who is terming out of Council this year.

The candidates include:

Beth Connor is a paralegal who has been a environmental volunteer and activist in Tampa Bay for more than 30 years. She has lived in St. Pete for more than 50 years and has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1986. She serves as Environmental Chair for her neighborhood association and is also active in St. Petersburg’s Sustainability Council. She has been endorsed by former City Council members Karl Nurse and Jim Kennedy.

Trenia Cox spent more than 20 years at Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) before retiring as Senior Special Services Coordinator in 2017. In this position, she was responsible for faith-based and community engagement along with community capacity-building. Cox serves on the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board, is a former manager of the City of St. Petersburg Florida’s Minority Business Development Program and a former adjunct professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences with St. Petersburg College. Cox has been endorsed by State Rep. Wengay Newton, Pinellas Country Commissioner Kathleen Peters, and former Pinellas Country School Board Member Linda Lerner.

Deborah Figgs-Sanders is a small business owner and civic activist. She is a member of the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area Citizen Advisory Committee, a member of the 2020 Plan Taskforce, and former executive director of the Childs Park YMCA. She has been endorsed by the Pinellas Realtor Organization; State Rep. Jennifer Webb; Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard; Pinellas County School Board Chair Rene Flowers; and St. Petersburg City Council Members Amy Foster, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, and Brandi Gabbard.

Phil Garrett is a substitute teacher and former Hillsborough Country Property Appraiser. Garrett ran a competitive race against current seat holder Steve Kornell in 2015. Garrett is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and was the NAACP Executive Committee and Political Action Chair between 2010 and 2011.

Anne Hirsch is a former teacher and midwife and is affiliated with the Uhuru Solidarity Movement as a local lead organizer and South region coordinator. Hirsch has a BA Education from USF Certificate of Midwifery from Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She is running on a platform of Unity Through Reparations for the black community.


The conversation will be moderated by Rev. JC Pritchett, Tiger Bay member and Executive Director of the Legacy Center for Social Justice.


August 22
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
$25 – $35


Suncoast Tiger Bay Club


St. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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