Pinellas NAACP leader to seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Dis - WFLA News Channel 8

Pinellas NAACP leader to seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Dist. 13 seat

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Rev. Manuel Sykes is running for the U.S. House seat in Pinellas County that Democrat Alex Sink decided not to vie for against Republican David Jolly.

Jolly won the District 13 seat in a special election against Sink this year, after the death of longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young.

Sykes, the president of the Pinellas NAACP and the pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, told News Channel 8 he made the decision after Sink decided not to run again.

“I just want to make sure we have representation in Washington and balance some of the imbalances there and have a conscience,” he said.

Sykes filed paperwork with the Florida Elections Division to run as a Democrat for the seat.

Sykes does not currently live in the district, but says his home in St. Petersburg was included that district before the boundaries were redrawn. He said if that becomes an issue he is willing to “make concessions.”

Sykes says he is “not a politician” and wants to represent a voice for the common man.

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