St. Petersburg, FL – The list of people supporting State Rep. Ben Diamond (@BenDiamondFL) of St. Petersburg in his race for Congress in District 13 continues to grow. Today, three more Pinellas County elected officials announced their support for Diamond – Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson, Gulfport City Council member Michael Fridovich and Pinellas Park City Council member Patti Reed.
“Ben has dedicated himself to being a public servant who is concerned with solving problems,” Fridovich said. “As a Vietnam veteran and local City Council member, I know that Ben has consistently fought to preserve the powers of local government and to improve outcomes for our large veterans’ community here in Pinellas County. In Washington, I know Ben will continue to be a tireless advocate for veterans, by promoting access to mental health-care resources and other essential programs.”
“Ben knows our city and our county better than anyone, and he has a strong record of advocating for smart public policy in Tallahassee and of community service here at home,” added Reed. “I’m sure he will continue to be effective in Washington as he promotes affordable health care, strong environmental protections and criminal justice reforms.’’
“Ben knows our small businesses still need help recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and that our communities need to create more good-paying jobs so Largo and Pinellas County can continue to thrive,” Robinson said. “I know Ben will work hard in Congress to continue to improve our economy and provide everyone an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”
The three elected officials join Pinellas County Commissioners Janet C. Long and Pat Gerard; St. Petersburg City Council members Amy Foster, Gina Driscoll and Brandi Gabbard; Pinellas County School Board member Nicole Carr, Indian Rocks Beach Mayor Cookie Kennedy, Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson, St. Pete Beach Mayor Al Johnson and Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub in lending their support to Diamond.
Diamond, a Democrat, is running to succeed U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in District 13, which includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater and most of Pinellas County.
A Pinellas County native, Diamond pledges to seek common sense solutions in Congress to the challenges he has focused on in the Florida Legislature. Those include climate change and the environment, criminal justice reforms to ensure everyone is treated equally regardless of race or ethnicity, and health care that is accessible and affordable.
Diamond, 42, is a lawyer who served as general counsel to former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2016 and has been re-elected twice. He and his wife, Christina, live in St. Petersburg with their three children.