Putting You First

About Charlie

Putting You First. Moving us Forward.

St. Petersburg is a city on the rise. Over the last four years we have seen tremendous progress on critical issues facing our city, from economic growth to urban development to becoming a destination for the arts. I am proud to be a part of shaping our city’s future.

As your Council Chair, we’ve:

  • Put 2 million dollars back into the city’s coffers so that we can manage our growth smartly
  • Funded a new police headquarters so that our officers have the best tools to keep us safe
  • Approved and funded the Southside Community Redevelopment Area, ensuring that all parts of St. Pete can grow & prosper

And so much more. We can’t afford to go back. Vote to re-elect me and let’s continue what we’ve started.

Career Highlights

  • Employed by E-Systems, Inc./Raytheon 1978 to 1997

  • Associate Holland & Knight LLP 2000 to 2003

  • Associate Keane, Reese & Vesely, P.A. 2003

  • Partner Keane, Reese, Vesely & Gerdes, P.A. 2004 to present


Community Service

  • Parishioner St. Jude Cathedral Parish, 1964 to present. Chairman Capital Campaign Committee 2003; Member, Parish Council 2007 - 2010; Council Chairman 2009-2010; Extraordinary Minister 2008 to present.

  • Coach, Manager, Director, Vice-President and President; Northwest Youth Baseball, Inc. 1989 - 1997, 2000 to 2010.

  • Director and President, A Brighter Day of Pinellas County, Inc. (charitable organization transitioning homeless families to self reliance) 2003 to present.

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association David L. Stout Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2007

  • A Baseball Community; Tropicana Renovation Committee, 2009

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2009 to present



  • Charlie Gerdes has been married to his wife, Louanne, for 30 years. They have 4 sons.

  • Graduated St. Petersburg Catholic High School, 1974

  • Graduated Florida State University. B.S. Marketing 1978

  • Graduated St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D. (High honors) 1999