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Rick Baker airing TV ad touting environmental credentials

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Although the Sierra Club endorsed Rick Kriseman in the race for St. Petersburg mayor, Rick Baker isn’t ready to concede any ground on which candidate has the best environmental credentials. Baker’s campaign released a television ad Wednesday touting the gains the city made on the environmental front during the former mayor’s two terms in office (2001-2010). The ad begins with a reference to St. Pete’s designation in 2005 as Florida’s first “Green City” and includes references to how Baker expanded city parks, cleaned…

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Rick Kriseman hosting Independence Day Weekend cookout, canvassing event

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Rick Kriseman kicks off the four-day July Fourth holiday weekend with a round of canvassing Saturday morning, followed by a cookout in downtown St. Petersburg. The first-term incumbent St. Pete Mayor is running for re-election, facing his main opponent – former two-term Mayor Rick Baker – as well as Anthony Cates III, Jesse Nevel, Paul Congemi, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter and Ernisa Barnwell. Volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods earlier Saturday morning, after which they will meet up for a cookout…

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Rick Baker adds another $300K to his campaign coffers in June

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Rick Baker’s campaign announced Friday that he raised more than $300,000 in May in his bid to defeat incumbent Rick Kriseman in the race for mayor of St.Petersburg. That total includes financial contributions to Baker’s campaign, as well as to his political committee, Seamless Florida. The deadline to report those contributions isn’t due until next month, but Brigitta Shouppe, a spokesperson for the Baker campaign, said in a statement that because political committee contributions and campaign contributions have staggered reporting deadlines, “we are…

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5 things I think I think about the St. Pete mayoral race

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Today is the first day of the rest of the St. Petersburg mayoral campaign. There’s been a first debate. There’s now a baseline poll. The Supervisor of Elections will mail ballots to early voters in four weeks. So, after Tuesday’s debate and the latest polling, what do we really know? Here are five things I think I think about the St. Petersburg mayoral race: 1. On the surface, the survey from St. Pete Polls — showing the former mayor leading the…

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New poll: Rick Baker’s lead over Rick Kriseman slims to 5 points

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Former two-term St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker holds a five-point lead over incumbent first-term Mayor Rick Kriseman according to the first survey of St. Petersburg’s mayoral race since candidate qualifying. And as much as the race is defined as a showdown of the two Ricks, it appears the race could be headed to a run-off in November. Baker is at 44 percent, while Kriseman is at 39 percent. That’s a tighter margin than the May 17 St. Pete Polls survey which gave Baker a double-digit…

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The two Ricks slug it out in first debate of St. Pete mayoral race

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Former Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Rick Kriseman took plenty of verbal shots at each other during the first debate of the 2017 St. Pete mayoral race. Although seven mayoral candidates are on the ballot, only Baker and Kriseman could participate at the forum hosted by Midtown’s Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Kriseman began the evening by reciting the main theme of his campaign: A choice between whether St. Petersburg residents want to go forward, or look backward in a bid…

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