ST. PETERSBURG — City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon has been endorsed by former City Council member Larry Williams and Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority chairman James Holton.

Blackmon, 28, is among eight candidates running for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast. He is a real estate investor.

Here’s the news release announcing the endorsements:

St. Petersburg – Robert Blackmon today received the backing of former St. Petersbug City Councilman Larry Williams and TBARTA Chairman James Holton in his campaign for City Council District 6.

“I am supporting Robert Blackmon for City Council because, like me, he believes in building consensus,” said Holton, who serves both on the board of Citizens Insurance and as chairman of TBARTA.  “He will be able to achieve consensus on the City Council and in the region on the issues facing us.” Holton also served as director of Enterprise Florida from 2005 to 2009.

Larry Williams, a former two-term city councilman who represented much of the area that is now District 6, announced his support as well. “I am energetically backing Blackmon and encourage my friends and supporters to vote for Robert Blackmon for City Council District 6.

“The unprecedented outpouring of support for my campaign has been humbling,” Blackmon said.

“It has also given me further inspiration to build upon the good works of these highly regarded public figures. I am so grateful for the support of Councilman Larry Williams and Jim Holton, in addition to Mayor Bill Foster and Councilman Jim Kennedy. I hope to make everyone proud, while looking out for our city’s best interests.”

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