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Justin Bean wins backing from firefighters union

Add a firefighters union to the list of those endorsing Justin Bean in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race.

On Friday, the 30-year-old businessman received the backing of the St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters Local 747.

“We feel Justin Bean best understands the current and future needs of the Firefighters and Paramedics of St. Petersburg to enable us to best serve the citizens of this great city,” said Local President Rick Pauley.

Bean faces Gina Driscoll in the District 6 contest, which will take place in about three weeks. The Suncoast Police Benevolent Association has already given him their endorsement.

“I am extremely proud to receive the support and endorsement of our community’s firefighters and paramedics,” Bean said in a statement. “I appreciate the faith they have placed in me, but, most importantly, I appreciate the job they do every day to keep us safe.”

Bean has also received the backing of the Tampa Bay Times, the Pinellas Realtor Organization and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Driscoll has been endorsed by the Florida National Organization for Women PAC, as well as current council members Karl Nurse, Darden Rice, Charlie Gerdes and Lisa Wheeler-Bowman.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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