Robert Blackmon

Robert Blackmon is running for city council because we need a citizen-focused approach to government. Unlike many of the other candidates, he was born in the heart of our district, and grew up here. He is a product of the public education system of our city, and attended St. Petersburg High school before graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science, with dual minors in Communications and Emergency Management. As a lifelong resident, he recognizes the need for a new generation of leadership with fresh thinking and a new perspective.

Candidate Answers & Information
Hometown (City & State): St. Petersburg, Florida
Years in St. Petersburg: Life
Years in District (Council candidates): 6
Marital Status: Single
No. of Children + Ages: N/A
Organizational Endorsements: Former NFL player Keith McCants
Occupation: Real Estate Entrepreneur
Current & Prior Career Positions: Self Employed
Education: St. Petersburg High School, Class of 2007

Florida State University, Undergraduate degree. Political Science major, dual minors in Communications and Emergency Management. 2011.

Community Service/Leadership Roles: Coquina Key Neighborhood Association Board Member, Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) representative, Preservation Award Winner, St. Petersburg Preservation, Regency Condominium Association Board member.
Organizational Affiliations: St. Petersburg Preservation, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Coquina Key Neighborhood Association, Council of Neighborhood Associations, St. Petersburg Young Professionals
Priorities if Elected: Fix the Sewer System – We need to make sure adequate resources are devoted to our city’s infrastructure at all times- not just when mandated by the state or federal government- to accommodate growth and serve our current citizenry

Focus on All Parts of the District – I have lived in Lakewood Terrace, Midtown, and Coquina Key. I want voters to know I will serve the people of the entire district, because I have lived throughout the district and am familiar with the needs of each neighborhood firsthand.

Improve Conditions in Midtown – Tangerine Plaza needs a new grocery. The Manhattan Casino needs a new restaurant tenant. Public safety and car thefts are a crime. Affordable housing is a need. I have the background and unique perspective to address them all.

Telephone Number: 727-244-0379
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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
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 X
Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students (COQEBS) on-going push for school district policies, programs & investments to close the achievement gap for black students X All of these plans are great ideas. We need to, as a community, make sure we can enact and continue to enact these in a way that benefits the people the most!

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  1. Carla Bristol says:

    Eye opening event. During the great depression, Elder Jordan (a black man) loaned the City of Saint Petersburg money to operate because all the banks were closed!

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