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Here are the latest updates from the campaign:

Friday, July 7, 2017 12:00 AM

City Council hopefuls clash on plans for Southside

Corey Givens, Jr. supports the Agenda 2020 plan, saying it echoes his own ideas of economic redevelopment. But he said the difference was his was plan would be more inclusive.

“We’ve got too many political elite bureaucrats making all of our decisions. What we need is more folks who understand what our struggles feel like and look like.”


Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 AM

I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper

Being your brother’s and sister’s keeper doesn’t mean you have to be a blood relative, it just means you have to have compassion and empathy for your fellow man. It means you care enough to put aside the individual “me” for a collective “we.”

Being your brother’s and sister’s keeper extends far beyond race, social class or zip code. Being your brother’s and sister’s keeper might even mean raising a child that doesn’t belong to you. Being your brother’s and sister’s keeping requires you to step out on faith and do what’s right, even in times of adversity.


Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 AM

The Issues

The issue is, we as a people, have fallen asleep at the wheels of social and economic justice. We’ve deprived our village of a chance at improving our quality of life all because we do not vote based on the issues.

Instead, we vote for candidates based on whom we know or what they say, rather than accessing their platform and track record. The time has come for us to place a renewed focus on the issues plaguing our beloved city.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Lisa Wheeler-Bowman: Corey Givens ‘passion’ makes him best choice for St. Pete City Council

St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is endorsing Corey Givens, Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg District 6.


“Corey Givens is the best choice for voters,” Wheeler-Brown, who represents District 7, said in a statement Tuesday. “He embodies the knowledge, leadership, and experience required to serve such a uniquely diverse district. I’ve worked closely with Corey over the years and I can truly say that his passion and love for community is genuine.”


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Givens joins community call for ceasefire

Monday night, a father of six was shot and killed in South St. Pete. It happened area, Timothy Davis, Jr., 34, died in the street near the Jordan Park area of 23rd Street and 11th Avenue South.
So far, there have been no arrests.

His family is distraught, and so are neighbors. They are too scared to speak on camera, in fear the shooter will recognize their faces. But Davis' close friend is saying enough is enough with the gun violence.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Our Village

We’ve all heard the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Contrary to popular belief, this phrase could not be any truer for African-American youth growing up in 2017.


It’s the responsibility of the entire village to work together to ensure that the neighborhoods we’re raising our children in are safe, free of drugs, violence and crime.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Corey Givens hosting downtown business owners fundraiser May 8

A group of downtown businesses owners will be hosting a reception next week to support Corey Givens Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council.


The event will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Dr. NE in downtown St. Petersburg.


Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Alum seeks vacant downtown City Council seat

Growing up, Corey Givens Jr. heard about how St. Petersburg used to be from his grandmother. She couldn’t go downtown after dark, she said, and her family was not allowed to swim at the whites-only Spa Beach on the approach to the Municipal Pier.

Now, two generations later, Givens is running for the District 6 City Council seat to represent the same downtown that his grandmother told stories of as a little boy.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Givens Holds First Meet and Greet in Campaign for St. Pete Council

"The event was hosted by Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers and former District 6 St. Petersburg City Councilman Frank Peterman Jr."


Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Rene Flowers, Frank Peterman endorse Corey Givens Jr. for St. Pete City Council

“Corey is the strongest voice for District 6. Millennials are making moves and taking action,” Flowers said. “ His candidacy comes at a time when our country needs unity the most.”


Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Corey Givens Jr. kicks off City Council campaign

"City Council candidate for District 6 Corey Givens, Jr. kicked off his 2017 campaign at the Hangar Restaurant last month. Approximately 50 well wishers and family members came out to show support for the campaign."


Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Corey Givens Jr. says he’s ready to serve on the St. Petersburg City Council

"In addition to being president of the Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association, he serves on the local chapters of the NAACP, the Sierra Club and the Citizens Advisory Council for the South St. Pete CRA. "


Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Corey Givens, Jr. announces candidacy for City Council, District 6

"This past Monday, community activist Corey Givens, Jr. officially filed to run for St. Petersburg City Council, District 6.  Currently represented by Councilman Karl Nurse, who is term limited, the district encompasses most of downtown St. Petersburg and southeast portions of the city."


Monday, January 9, 2017 6:05 PM

Givens in 6th District race

"At 24, if he's elected, his campaign asserts he'll be the youngest council member in city history... Givens, is no stranger to City Hall. He's a member of the South St. Petersburg Citizen Advisory Committee, the City Beautiful Commission and president of the Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association. "


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