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James Scott is 8th candidate in crowded St. Pete Council race

James Scott says sustainability and resilience should be top city priority

Charlie Frago

James Scott says sustainability and resilience should be top city priority



James Scott, a 29-year-old graduate student and community organizer, told about a dozen supporters Tuesday on the steps of City Hall that he had done his homework and was ready for City Council.

Active in the city’s Sustainability Council and local Sierra Club, Scott said the city needed to prioritize sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change and rising seas that threaten a city surrounded on three sides by water.

“We are a vulnerable community and I don’t like that,” Scott said.

Scott said he’s pored over city budgets, helped found the city’s sustainability council and supported its commitment to become fully reliant on renewable energy.

“I’ve practiced for the role of public leadership for many years,” he said.

Although he had strong opinions on the environment, transportation and economic development, Scott said he planned to listen to voters in the district, which stretches from Midtown, through downtown and into Old Northeast.

“What’s really important is what the people of St. Pete want,” he said.

Scott’s announcement made him the eighth candidate to declare for the District 6 race, a crowded field likely to get even more so before the filing period ends in June.

Karl Nurse, who has represented the district since 2008, is stepping down because of term limits. Scott praised Nurse, saying he admired the incumbent’s attention to policy.

Already in the race are Maria Scruggs, Sharon Russ, John Johnson, James Jackson, Justin Bean, Corey Givens Jr. and Eritha “Akile” Cainion.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 12:18pm]


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