Kate Connolly is a local community advocate running for the New Port Richey City Council.
Born and raised in Florida — growing up in Tarpon Springs and New Port Richey, Kate is a modern environmentalist that fell in love with New Port Richey for its downtown river access to the gulf, deep Florida roots, and Main Street revitalization.
Kate graduated with an Associate’s Degree from St. Petersburg College, and then went on to study International Affairs for her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida. Throughout undergrad; Kate worked in the service industry, served as an AmeriCorps mentor to at-risk youth, founded her own tutoring company, and did freelance graphic design and photography.
Today, Kate manages marketing and sales for One Brand Marketing and is a part-time student at Stetson Law. In her free time, she loves paddling the Cotee River, boat days on the water near Durney Key, and biking at Starkey or walking the dogs with her partner, Kim.
As an organizer, Kate led efforts to promote the sustainability of our local environment, increase walkability throughout the city, ease overdevelopment, improve quality of life for our youth, and fight for equality for minorities and LGBTQ communities throughout Tampa Bay.
Kate served on the Multicultural Affairs Committee during the planning for the downtown bridge remodeling in New Port Richey and on The Tampa Bay Sierra Club as Public Outreach Chair.
Kate once spent a month at sea sponge diving, giving her a special appreciation for Florida’s economic ties to the Gulf above and beyond a lifetime of paddling our waterways. She’s worked with local activists, artists, organizations and politicians to fight for clean water, trails, solar energy, and public transit including the founding of Transit Now Tampa Bay; over 700 members strong.
Growing up through the turn of the millennia brought Kate a special interest in good local government, strong communities, and the need to preserve our natural resources. Kate witnessed first-hand the business and residency vacancies leading to a ghost town in our city, the destruction of our Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, and the opioid pandemic that ravaged the community only a few years ago. She also saw many peers leave and choose to build their lives elsewhere for these very reasons.
Today, New Port Richey is experiencing a glorious renaissance of the downtown. Golf carts safely sharing our streets, the revitalization of Sims Park and the Hacienda, the ever-growing options of businesses to support, places to live, and so much more.
Kate supports the growth of our downtown density and surrounding neighborhoods including incentives for more diverse small business models, sustainable multimodal development, and increased bipedal access to our Waterfront District and greater parks such as Grey, Starkey, and Green Key.
As a New Port Richey City Council Member, Kate will work to continue this forward momentum with passion and grow our community for all generations to come to be engaged and proud to call New Port Richey home.
Kate Connolly is a youthful voice with a fresh vision for the future of New Port Richey and the growth of our community.