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Steve Kornell endorses Rene Flowers for Pinellas County Commission

Flowers is running to replace Ken Welch.

St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell is endorsing Rene Flowers for Pinellas County Commission, Flowers announced Thursday.

Flowers, who currently serves as a Pinellas County School Board member, is running for the District 7 seat currently held by Ken Welch who is leaving office to run for St. Pete Mayor.

Flowers previously served as a St. Pete City Council member.

“I have know Rene since I became Supervisor of the Childs Park Recreation Center in the 90’s. I have seen her working tirelessly as a volunteer and as an elected official to make our city better for all, but especially for those who are most vulnerable,” Kornell said.

Flowers has worked and volunteered with youth employment and mentoring programs for more than 30 years.

“Rene is a strong advocate for families and children and she is the clear choice for the Pinellas County Commission,” Kornell added.

Kornell is serving his final days as a City Council member. He’s reached his term limit in his current seat and is leaving office in early January when his successor, Deborah Figgs-Sanders, is sworn in.

“Receiving the support and endorsement from Councilmember Steve Kornell is such an honor,” Flowers said. “Steve is passionate about housing, livable wages, the homeless, updating our sewers, the environment, and our youth which is evident by his strong support of the Lakewood High School Jazz Band.”

Kornell has not announced his plans after leaving council, but Flowers said she looks forward to working with him in whatever his new journey entails.

Flowers is currently facing former State Rep. Frank Peterman Jr. for the Democratic nomination for the County Commission seat. So far, no Republican has entered the race. District 7, which includes South St. Pete, is a heavily blue district.

Flowers has been aggressively campaigning since entering the race in November. She launched her campaign with more than 75 elected officials and community leaders. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman endorsed her earlier this month and Flowers got off to an early fundraising lead over Peterman.

The primary election for the race is August 18.

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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