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Chris King has ‘major announcement’ with Rene Flowers, signaling potential high-profile endorsement

King didn’t say what his announcement is, but it’s probably good news for Flowers.

Former Lt. Gov. Democratic nominee Chris King will be in St. Pete on Wednesday with Pinellas County Commission candidate Rene Flowers for what her campaign describes as a “major announcement.”

Flowers, a current Pinellas County School Board member, is running for the District 7 Pinellas County Commission seat Ken Welch is vacating to run for St. Pete Mayor.

It’s possible King’s announcement will include an endorsement for Flowers.

King ran on the ticket with former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in 2018. Gillum lost the race to now-Governor Ron DeSantis, but King’s statewide bid gives him broad name recognition that could help Flowers in her race.

She faces former Rep. Frank Peterman Jr. and Rep. Wengay Newton.

In an announcement Monday, Flowers wrote that she and King will spend the afternoon addressing critical affordable housing needs in St. Pete and throughout Pinellas County. The two will engage in a series of discussions with community leaders on the issue.

King is the CEO of Elevation Financial.

The announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum at 2240 Ninth Ave. South in St. Pete.

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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