Popcorn, Pints & Politics – Highlights and Straw Poll Results

Posted On 08/09/2017 by St. Pete Chamber

On August 8th, a combination of popcorn, pints and politics drew over 150 Chamber members to 3 Daughters Brewing for a dynamic event. Who said politics can’t be fun?

Presented by AARP and Spectrum, Popcorn, Pints & Politics offered members an opportunity to engage in informal conversations with 15 City Council and Mayoral candidates. While enjoying 3 Daughters pints, popcorn and appetizers from Urban Brew & BBQ, attendees were able to walk around and mingle as they moved from table to table, speaking to each candidate.

Members participated in a straw poll that asked them to rank the candidates’ strengths on the issues important to the Chamber. The results of the straw poll can be seen here.

In addition to this event, the Chamber has launched an online resource for members to learn more about the candidates. Visit St. Petersburg Election Season 2017 to view candidate profiles which include their campaign video and their answers to a questionnaire regarding the Chamber’s strategic priorities.



STRONGEST ISSUES CHOSEN BY STRAW POLL PARTICIPANTS
Mayoral Candidates

Rick Baker

  • Economic Development
  • Budgeting and Financing
  • Infrastructure

​Rick Kriseman

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Infrastructure

Anthony Cates

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Economic Development
  • Tampa Bay Rays

​Theresa Lassiter

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Transportation
  • Tampa Bay Rays
District 2 Candidates

Brandi Gabbard

  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Barclay Harless

  • Diversity & Inclusion (tie for strongest issue)
  • Budgeting and Financing (tie for strongest issue)
  • Economic Development
District 4 Candidates

Jerick Johnston

  • Economic Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Budgeting and Financing

Darden Rice

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
District 6 Candidates

Justin Bean

  • Economic Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Penny for Pinellas


Gina Driscoll

  • Infrastructure
  • Economic Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion

James Jackson

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Economic Development (tie for second strongest issue)
  • Penny for Pinellas (tie for second strongest issue)

​Maria Scruggs

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Economic Development
  • Tampa Bay Rays

Robert Blackmon

  • Economic Development (tie for strongest issue)
  • Budgeting and Financing (tie for strongest issue)
  • Penny for Pinellas

Corey Givens

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Penny for Pinellas
  • Infrastructure

​James Scott

  • Economic Development (tie for strongest issue)
  • Infrastructure (tie for strongest issue)
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Category: Advocacy