Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announced the hiring of Gershom Faulkner as Outreach Director. Faulkner will serve as the Congressman's liaison throughout Florida's 13th District.
"Gershom is a great addition to our team," said Crist. "His dedication to service is unwavering – as a Marine defending our country, and through positions with former Rep. Frank Peterman and Congresswoman Kathy Castor. As a veteran, small business owner and community leader, Gershom is uniquely qualified to serve as Outreach Director and we are excited to have him come on board."
"I am honored and excited to begin this new chapter of service to my community and my country," said Faulkner. "The challenges facing communities in our diverse, vibrant district, whether African American, LGBTQ, Hispanic, labor unions, and on women’s rights issues, are all ones I am dedicated to giving my all on behalf of Congressman Crist."
Faulkner has a long record of service to his country and community. After graduating from high school in St. Petersburg, Faulkner joined the Marines where he served honorably during the Gulf War, receiving several commendations. After four years of active duty, he returned to St. Petersburg and began his service to the community, working with Frank Peterman, Jr. during his tenure as both a city councilman and state representative. Before running for city council himself, Faulkner worked on several local and statewide campaigns, including Betty Castor's 2004 Senatorial campaign and Kathy Castor's successful 2006 Congressional campaign, afterwards joining her Congressional office as Outreach Director. During the 2016 cycle, Faulkner volunteered on the Crist for Congress campaign.
Mr. Faulkner remains active in the community, currently serving on St. Petersburg's Civil Service Board and previously serving on the Southside St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Ad Hoc Planning Committee. He is also President-Elect of the St. Petersburg Midtown Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Neighborly Care Network.