BY RENE FLOWERS, Contributor
ST. PETERSBURG – The mayoral election in the City of St. Petersburg is the race to watch across the state of Florida, particularly if we assert that all politics is local. With all that at stake, one need not wonder why the endorsement from a well-known and well-respected pastor and small business owner speaks volumes to the Midtown community.
Rev. Joseph Bryant serves as the youth pastor at Prayer Tower Church of God In Christ. Also known for his succulent smoked barbecue business, Rev. Bryant has given the opportunity for several community members to become gainfully employed through his business.
Despite his love of cooking, his real passion is to cultivate the dreams of the younger generations, encouraging them to never give up and reach for their full potential.
“That’s why I am supporting Mayor Kriseman,” Rev. Bryant said. “Baker has had his chance to make a difference and now Mayor Kriseman is making his mark and taking us farther in the right direction. Mayor Kriseman connects with the youth in the way that we need.”
“I’m humbled to have Rev. Bryant’s support,” said Mayor Kriseman. “I appreciate the work he does to create opportunities for all residents of our city. His work is one of the many things moving St. Pete forward.”
Kriseman has implemented technology throughout the city, the language the youth speaks. Construction of the skate park in the Campbell Park Neighborhood has begun, he enhanced afterschool programs in the recreation centers in Childs Park, Campbell Park and at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Center and his work to save our beaches by speaking out against offshore drilling so that our shores can be enjoyed by our youth and their children for years to come is astounding.
On or before Nov. 7, you will have the opportunity to join me and many others as we cast our vote for Rick Kriseman as mayor of the City of St. Petersburg.