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Pinellas realtors endorse Rick Baker for St. Pete mayor

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The Pinellas Realtor Organization announced Wednesday that they are backing Rick Baker for St. Petersburg mayor.

“We are proud to recommend Rick Baker for Mayor of St. Petersburg. Leading in an inclusive and nonpartisan manner, Baker has a proven record of fixing our aging sewer system, fostering local schools and encouraging economic development,” said organization chair Tom Shelly.

“Mayor Baker is an innovator who also added many parks, playgrounds, and bike trails to St. Petersburg when he was mayor. These issues are key to making St. Petersburg a destination where people want to live, work and play.”

Baker, who served two terms as St. Pete mayor in the early 2000s, said he was “honored” by the endorsement and looks forward to working with the realtor group to make the city a “premier destination with a vibrant downtown and strong quality of life in each and every neighborhood.”

Baker is running in a six-way race for mayor, and recent polls show him with about 46 percent support among likely voters.

His main competitor, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, trails him by about 7 points, with the next-highest candidate polling at 4 percent.

The mayoral primary is scheduled for Aug. 29 and assuming no candidate gets a majority of the vote, the first- and second-place finishers will duke it out on the November ballot.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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