“To me, there was never a question that I would choose to qualify by petition,” Gabbard said in a campaign statement Monday. “This district belongs to the residents and their voices deserve to be heard!”
“I wanted the opportunity to introduce myself, hear their concerns, and earn their support,” she continued. “I am grateful to have had the chance to speak with so many voters since I began this journey on January 23rd. I will continue to walk door-to-door throughout the campaign and hold local events in an effort to connect with as many people as I can face to face. I will work hard to continue to earn their trust and eventually their vote!”
Gabbard, a Realtor who has lived in St. Petersburg since 2003, is vying to succeed term-limited Jim Kennedy. To do so, she will face banker Barclay Harless.
To qualify for the ballot, the Indiana native submitted more than 500 verified petitions to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections.
In addition, Gabbard enjoyed her finest month of fundraising last month, bringing in $6,626 for April.
However, Harless continues an overall lead in campaign contributions with $31,655 so far. Gabbard has brought in $22,660 to date.