Ed Montanari qualified for ballot in St. Petersburg re-election effort

Incumbent Council member remains unopposed.

St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari officially qualified to run for re-election.

“I’m truly grateful for our team of supporters who have helped our campaign qualify for the ballot,” Montanari said in a statement.

“Though this is a major milestone for our campaign, there’s still work to be done to get our message out to District 3 voters. We are building a strong campaign to win in November and continue working on the important issues facing our great city.”

Montari remains the only candidate running for City Council in District 3 this year.

The qualifying period for the fall elections started Thursday and runs through 5 p.m. on June 21.

Montanari first won election to the City Council in 2015 without opposition. As he seeks re-election, he boasts bipartisan support from Democratic and Republican community leaders.

He now serves as Vice Chair of the eight-member City Council. He also chairs the Budget, Finance, and Taxation Committee and the Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

The Northeast High graduate and Air Force vet has lived in St. Petersburg since 1976; he pilots Boeing 777s for American Airlines in his day job.

Montanari is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross, is engaged to Kathy Parker, and has two children and one grandchild.

While technically a nonpartisan board, Montanari lays claim as the only Republican serving on the City Council right now.

Still, fellow Council members Brandi Gabbard and Amy Foster have both endorsed his re-election campaign.

St. Petersburg’s primary election is Aug. 27 with the general on Nov. 5. If no other candidate qualifies, Montanari could again win the District 3 race unopposed.

Of the four seats up for election in St. Petersburg this year, Montanari’s is the only one to draw just a single candidate so far.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Jim Donelon

    June 8, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Since the councilmembers are elected city wide, it’s a crying shame that the Democrats can’t seem to find a candidate in District 3.

    • Israel Sanchez Jr

      June 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      We need a progressive dem that follows the 5 basic progressive pledges to run…the 5 pledges are found here.


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