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John Hornbeck hires another campaign staffer as momentum builds

Kofi Hunt is a progressive with Fight for $15.

St. Petersburg City Council candidate John Hornbeck is continuing to gain momentum in his race for District 1 against Robert Blackmon.

Hornbeck this week hired another campaign staffer to manage the campaign’s outreach and social media strategy.

Hornbeck hired longtime St. Pete activist and consultant Kofi Hunt. Hunt is the political director for Fight for 15 Florida, a group that supports raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Prior to that he worked as a community organizer for the Service Employee International Union of Florida.

Hunt has worked on several state House campaigns as well as Congressional and state Senate campaigns. None of the candidates he worked with won their races, but all but one were Democrats running in districts considered safe seats for Republicans.

“If someone fits my values and is a progressive, I’m always open to helping them run the strongest campaign we can build together,” Hunt said.

Hunt’s hire comes days after Hornbeck also hired a field organizer, Alec Reynolds.

Voters are also getting pro-Hornbeck fliers in the mail this week.

Hornbeck sent a flier touting two of his three endorsements as well as his “progressive” policies.

Hornbeck is a Democrat. His opponent, Blackmon, is a Republican.

“Councilman Charlie Gerdes endorsed, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved,” the front of the flyer reads, referencing Gerdes’ endorsement and Kriseman’s non-endorsement statement saying he supported and approved of Gerdes’ pick.

The front of the flyer shows a photo of Hornbeck alongside his name as “the right pick for St. Pete.”

The back of the flyer references Hornbeck’s “progressive ideas” and “St. Pete roots.” Hornbeck is a life-long resident of St. Pete in District 1, which represents District 1.

The mailer includes three campaign priorities — expand access to affordable housing, increase access to after school and summer youth programs and protecting St. Pete’s environment through prioritizing sewage and other infrastructure investments.

Election Day is November 5. The general election is open to voters citywide.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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