Businessman With Ties to Higher Education Seeks to Be the First Black Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida

Deveron Gibbons, the 35-year-old vice president for public affairs of Amscot Financial in Tampa, has announced his candidacy for the mayoralty of St. Petersburg, Florida. If elected Gibbons would be the city’s first African-American mayor.

Gibbons is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds graduate degrees from the University of South Florida and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Gibbons has also served on the board of trustees of St. Petersburg College.