The Pinellas Clerk of Circuit Court says Ray Blacklidge
will be an effective voice for Pinellas in the Florida House
The Ray Blacklidge Campaign today announced the endorsement of Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Pinellas County. Burke was first elected to the position in 2004 and has been re-elected without opposition three times. Blacklidge, a Republican, is running for the District 69 seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
“Ray Blacklidge will be a very effective State Representative,” said Burke. “Ray knows our community and he understands the critical issues we’re dealing with. I’m confident he will be able to quickly put his private sector background to use as a strong voice for us in the Legislature.”
In addition to his service as Pinellas Clerk of Court, Burke has a distinguished record of community service. He has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College and as President of Suncoast Tiger Bay Club and the Kiwanis Club of Seminole. He is also a past President of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers.
“I’m extremely proud to have Ken Burke’s support,” said Blacklidge. “Ken is the epitome of a true public servant, and I look forward to working with him to make sure District 69 residents are well represented and served in Tallahassee.”
Blacklidge, a Republican, has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and consumer advocate and currently works as an insurance executive, owner, and general counsel. House District 69 covers the south Pinellas beach communities from Redington Shores to Fort DeSoto, as well as portions of St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City, and Pinellas Park. With 36 percent of the district’s voter registration, Republicans maintain a slight lead over the Democrats’ 35 percent. Independents and minor parties make up 29 percent of the district.