St. Pete firefighters back Kathleen Peters for Pinellas Commission


State Rep. Kathleen Peters snagged another endorsement for her Pinellas County Commission bid Tuesday, this time from the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters.

“Kathleen Peters realizes the importance of public safety and the sacrifices that firefighters, paramedics, and police officers make on a daily basis. The leadership she has displayed as an elected official will be a welcome addition to the Pinellas County Commission,” said association president Richard E. Pauley, Jr.

The firefighter endorsement is the second first responder nod Peters has landed this month. Two weeks ago, the Treasure Island Republican earned the backing of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association.

“The services that firefighters and first responders provide to our community are of the utmost importance. I am incredibly humbled to have the endorsement of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, and will keep their continued safety and success at the forefront of my service to Pinellas County,” Peters said.

Peters is one four candidates running for the District 6 commission seat that had been held by Republican Commissioner John Morroni since 2000. Morroni died in May at the age of 63.

Fellow state Rep. Larry Ahern and businesswoman Barb Haselden are competing against Peters in the Aug. 28 Republican primary. Democrat Amy Kedron will face the GOP nominee in the Nov. 6 general election.

As of July 13, Peters had raised more than $133,000 for her campaign account and had more than $68,000 in the bank. She also had another $63,000 on hand in an affiliated political committee, Florida Speaks.

Through the same date, Ahern was in the No. 2 spot with $57,000 raised and $37,400 on hand, followed by Haselden than $49,000 raised and $20,400 on hand. Kedron has raised $13,500 and has $6,500 in the bank.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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