Maria Scruggs

Maria is a champion of our community. As head of the NAACP, and having had experience in the criminal justice system, Maria knows how to get things done – for everyone. She proposes a comprehensive community development plan for Midtown that links jobs and businesses opportunities to real jobs and potential business opportunities.

Candidate Answers & Information
Hometown (City & State): St. Petersburg, FL
Years in St. Petersburg: 59 years as permanent resident
Years in District (Council candidates): 59 years as permanent resident
Marital Status: Divorced
No. of Children + Ages: Daughter Shelynn M. Weston-28 ; step daughter Bernetta Weston-Davis-38
Organizational Endorsements: See voter’s guide
Occupation: Administrative Supervisor responsible for the management of Community service, drug testing, pretrial release supervision and pretrial diversion at Orange county corrections.
Current & Prior Career Positions: See attached resume
Education: B.S. degree in criminology-FSU


Community Service/Leadership Roles: St. Petersburg Branch NAACP(temporarily step down until election is over);

Chairwoman Happy Worker’s Learning Center SMART board of Directors

Organizational Affiliations: NAACP, National Organization of Women, National Association for Pretrial Services Professionals
Priorities if Elected: Economics: Ensuring residents with the greatest employment needs are linked to the job corridors. Providing access to capital and contracting opportunities to small African-owned businesses; providing support to independently owned early childhood education centers and homes as an education and an economic strategy.
Telephone Number: 727-798-5361
Facebook page:
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Agree & will support Disagree & will not support Agree in principal; suggest changes Disagree but open to discuss Don’t know enough; willing to learn Other Thoughts
The 2020 Plan to reduce poverty by 30% in South St. Petersburg by 2020         X I agree in concept to the initiatives aimed, however I agree those plans can only be realized when there is a professional and objective vendor skilled at community redevelopment leading a comprehensive process that is multi-tiered.
Collective Empowerment Group Comprehensive Plan for Economic Growth & Wealth Building         X
People’s Budget Review

New Deal  Economic Growth Policies & Initiatives

Continued use of South St. Petersburg CRA funding for workforce & business development         X
Social Impact Bond structure to increase investments in programs to increase employment & income in community X
Universal Community Benefit Agreement

Policy of targeting contracts and jobs to community workers and firms, for all city-supported development projects






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