Campaign revolutionaries: Two radical candidates hope to shake up St. Pete politics

By Indhira Suero Acosta

Eritha “Akile” Cainion, running for City Council 6, and Jesse Nevel, for Mayor, addressed the Tropicana Field’s future and housing issues during a rally held on April 9, 2017, at the St. Petersburg Uhuru House.

Eritha “Akile” Cainion, a 20-year-old activist who works as a cashier at a local shoe store, launched her campaign for St. Pete City Council’s District 6 seat on March 6 in front of the recently shuttered Midtown Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Jesse Nevel, the national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement — a group of white activists that supports the efforts of the African People’s Socialist Party (a.k.a. the Uhurus) — entered the race for mayor, on March 8, 2017, standing in front of Tropicana Field.

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