St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said his get-out-the-vote efforts are in full swing just hours ahead of when voters are set to hit the polls to decide if he will get another term as the city’s top elected official.
“Every day to election day we are having the conversations that matter with the voters in this city. We are talking with folks from every neighborhood and zip code about how far we’ve come these past four years and the future of our great city. We are working hard to earn the support of every voter, and, together, we are going to keep St. Pete moving forward,” Kriseman said.
Over 100 volunteers hit the streets Saturday to knock on doors across the city, and Kriseman spent his morning visiting shops and restaurants in west St. Pete to give his pitch and remind voters of the upcoming election.
Democratic CD 13 U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, state Rep. Ben Diamond and County Commissioner Ken Welch also put in some door-knocking hours for the Kriseman camp, and the Florida Democratic Party brought in volunteers to phone bank.
Six mayoral candidates will be on the ballot Aug. 29, and if no candidate gets more than half the vote a runoff election between the top two finishers will be on the November ballot. Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker will most likely make the cut.
A recent survey from St. Pete Polls shows Baker with nearly 47 percent support compared to 40 percent for Kriseman. About half of those surveyed in the poll said they had already voted.
There are more than 169,000 citizens registered to vote in St. Petersburg. A total of 67,820 ballots were mailed out to voters who requested them to vote early. Approximately half of them have been returned to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.