Making History with the Women of St. Pete

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While we all know that St. Pete is filled with strong women, did you know that, right now, the Burg has more female leaders than ever in city history? Here are some of the women fighting for all of us here in St. Pete

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Dr. Kanika Tomalin

Dr. Kanika Tomalin is the current City Administrator/Deputy Mayor. She makes history as both the first woman and the first African-American Deputy Mayor in St. Pete.


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The Women of City Council

Also making history is the entire City Council. This year, St. Pete City Council has the first ever female majority in city history. These women include (from left to right) Gina Driscoll (District 6),Amy Foster (District 8), Lisa Wheeler-Bowman (District 7), Darden Rice (District 4), and Brandi Gabbard (District 2).


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The Women of City Council

On top of rocking City Council, many of the high ranking leaders with the City of St. Petersburg are women, including City Attorney Jacqueline Kovilaritch, Director of Urban Affairs Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Sustainability & Resiliency Sharon Wright, Director of Education and Community Engagement Leah McRae and many more.

These women are making progress and history right here in our city. If you want to learn more about your representative or any of these amazing women, head over to the City of St. Pete website or pop into a City Council meeting!

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Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.