Robert Blackmon, one of eight candidates vying for the District 6 seat, has been endorsed by City Council member Jim Kennedy.
Kennedy, who is term limited, has also endorsed former Mayor Rick Baker, who is running against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Blackmon, 28, a real estate investor, is considered one of three front runners for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast.
The news release announcing Kennedy’s endorsement follows.
Councilman Jim Kennedy today announced his endorsement of Robert Blackmon in the race for City Council District 6.
“I’m supporting Robert Blackmon because his longtime ties to the community and knowledge of our city make him the best choice to represent our diverse neighborhoods,” Kennedy said. “Robert is the candidate best equipped to tackle the issues that are facing St. Pete, and we can count on him to work tirelessly for the betterment of our city.”
Blackmon praised Kennedy’s leadership on council. “Jim Kennedy is a community leader in the truest sense of the word,” he said. “He has an unrivaled passion for our city and I am humbled to have the support of someone who has done so much for our community.”
He continued “I am honored to have bipartisan support in my bid for City Council. I will work hard to represent all of the many diverse voices we have in both our district and city” , referencing his previous endorsement from Mayor Bill Foster.