Putting You First

About Charlie

Putting You First.


I've devoted my life to my family and our community.

I've lived and worked in St. Petersburg for most of my life. After attending St. Petersburg Catholic High School and then graduating from Florida State University, I returned home to live in Holiday Park and raise a family with my wife, Louanne.

Whether coaching youth baseball, helping homeless families transition to self-reliance, or providing pro-bono legal services, my community is always top priority.

Our local government has a direct impact on our daily lives. We need a leader who will be accessible, responsive and accountable to the individual citizen.  We need a leader who will stand for and with the community. I will be that leader.

I would be honored to serve as your next St. Petersburg City Councilman, District 1.



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