2019 » General Municipal Election » City Council Member District 3
John “Ed” Montanari
% of Votes
Vice Chair, St. Petersburg City Council Chair, Budget, Finance, and Taxation Committee Chair, Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Vice Chair, Public Services and Infrustructure Committee Alternate Health, Energy, Resiliency and Sustainability Committee Co-Sponsored Events Committee
B.S. Aeronautical Science
Commissioner and former Chair of Planning and Community Preservation Commission Board Member, Pinellas Economic Development Council Chair Pier Task Force, St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Board Member, R'Club and Louise Graham Regeneration Center, Vice Chair, Pier Task Force Chair, Albert Whitted Task Force Committee Chair Baseball Task Force
All candidates in this race were asked the same questions by the League of Women Voters.
Do you support using additional city resources to make it more attractive for the Tampa Bay Rays to stay in St. Petersburg? (Multiple choice)
1. Strongly oppose
3. Neither support nor oppose
5. Strongly support
What policies and programs do you think the City should implement, or improve, to attract living wage jobs, support small businesses and generate sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
St. Petersburg needs to continue to work to be an attractive place to do business. We need to retain and recruit employers that provide high wage jobs to our City. The Chamber of Commerce and EDC have been a good start. We need to ensure that we have the workforce and infrastructure in place for businesses to grow or relocate to St. Petersburg.
What are the City’s most important public safety priorities? How do you intend to address them? (400 character limit)
Public safety is the first priority for government. I have been a strong advocate for the St. Petersburg Police Department and St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. My priorities include building the new police department headquarters and separate training center. We also have a new fire station in Fossil Park that was a significant accomplishment.
Rate how well the City is balancing resource allocation between downtown and the neighborhoods and business districts in outlying communities. (Multiple choice)
2. Below average
4. Above average
How would you work with city departments, businesses and the community to create more affordable housing and limit the displacement of residents? Where would funding for these efforts come from? (400 character limit)
Funding needs to be a priority, especially with the Sadowski Trust funds and ensure that they are not swept like they have been in the past for other state budget issues. The city has approved using Penny for Pinellas funds for land acquisition and is currently doing a nexus study to determine if linkage fees would be a suitable funding source.
The goal of St. Petersburg’s “Complete Streets” plan is to provide more options for public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians. What is your position on this strategy? What, if anything, should the City do to further address local and regional transportation needs? (400 character limit)
We need to work as a region to address transportation issues. The MPO’s are the logical organizations to work in this area. As our region continues to grow, so do our transportation challenges. We need to work with all levels of government, local, state, and federal to improve transportation options. We have to clear the way for new technologies to deal with the last mile of mass transit solutions
What actions should the City take to improve resiliency? (In the short term, that would mean the City’s ability to handle weather-related disasters. In the long term, that would mean covering the ongoing costs of repairing and maintaining the city’s sewer/stormwater management systems.) How would you fund these efforts? (400 character limit)
We must protect our beautiful city and its waterfront. Growing up in St. Petersburg means you are connected to the environment, it's personal, and you instinctively want to protect and preserve it. I have been leading on sewer issues, both on the capacity side and with needed repairs to our collection system. Most of the funding is paid by the utility fees, along with some Penny for Pinellas funds
What are the two most important issues affecting your district? If elected, what specific actions will you take to address them? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
The replacement of the 40th Avenue bridge is underway, I have been working on it since I was elected. I project will be completed in about a year. The second most important issue is the replacement of the Shore Acres Recreation Center. We expect construction to begin in 2020 and will take about a year and a half to complete.
If elected, what will be your top two priorities for the city, and what would you do to address them within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
1. Protect and preserve the quality of life Starts with public safety. Protect our environment Focus on our neighborhoods. Protect our parks. Plant more trees. Invest in our infrastructure 2. Increase Economic Opportunity Continue to be an attractive place to do business. Retain and recruit employers. Enhance our workforce. Work on affordable housing, schools, transportation issues.