Announcing a campaign based on servant leadership, Clifford Hobbs III officially declared his candidacy for District Four City Council in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. A bartender and chef on Beach Drive, Hobbs said he believes his nearly 20 years of experience in the service industry translates well to the type of local governance required in a city with the level of growth and diversity seen in St. Pete.
Using the moniker “3 for 4 St. Pete,” Hobbs stated an intention to address the issues of infrastructure that affect citizens on a daily basis, while working to build bridges across the city and tear down what he believes to be the barriers that systemic racism and the empty promises of past city leadership erected. “There is a dire need to develop infrastructure, improve our roads, protect our city from floods, and ensure affordable housing in the process,” Hobbs said. “In a place as diverse as St. Pete, it’s imperative that our leaders unite our communities and ensure that everyone in our city is able to be involved in the growth of our economy.”
The campaign website, www.3for4stpete.com, lists the core issues of his campaign:
Improving roads and infrastructure, particularly in flood zones
Ensuring affordable housing opportunities for all workers
Bridging communities and erasing the divide in St. Pete
Decreasing the poverty rate by involving all people in economic growth
Economic revitalization based on service and tourism
Recovery for hospitality, tourism and gig industry after COVID-19
Currently, Hobbs is a candidate by petition, and must receive 500 verified signed petition cards to be eligible for the ballot. Petition signatures do not count as a vote for a candidate, and they can be filled out by District Four residents on the campaign website.
For more information, visit www.3for4stpete.com or email the campaign directly at