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St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10
5-7 pm
Where: USF St. Petersburg University Student Center
200 6th Ave. S.
Second Floor Ballrooms
St. Petersburg, Florida  33701
United States
Contact: Ester Venouziou

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Find out what happened:  Read highlights from the media or watch the full debate here!

Come meet the candidates in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, sponsored by LocalShops1, the St. Petersburg Patch, the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership.

Where do the candidates stand on local business matters? What's their vision for local economic growth? The candidates will face questions from our guest panel, as well as field questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, associate director of the Bishop Center. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged, since seating is limited. Free parking is available at the USFSP Parking Garage, levels 2-5 only, please. Free appetizers provided by Island Flavors And Tings.

5-6 pm Meet & Greet and Networking  

6-7 pm Mayoral Debate: Small Business Matters 



Do you have questions you'd like us to consider asking the candidates? You're welcome to submit them during the reception! See you Sept. 10!



  • William Jackson, Ph.D., USFSP professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the USFSP Entrepreneurship Program
  • Mo Venouziou, Ph.D., LocalShops1 vice president and instructor at SPC
  • Linda Hersey, veteran journalist
  • Jack King, Three Birds Tavern co-owner
  • Mark Lombardi-Nelson, USFSP Student Government President and member of the USF System Board of Trustees