Mayoral candidate Rick Baker is using the recent closure of the 40th Avenue bridge into a campaign issue in his quest to knock incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman out of office.
Two weeks before Election Day in St. Petersburg, mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel and District 6 City Council candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion are on the air with their first television ad.
Activist Jae Pass is not backing down from her criticism of the Tampa Police Department‘s at a vigil Sunday evening in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Things got so heated that it prompted an early exit from Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren.
Before it’s all said and done, Rick Baker may open up about being a Republican. But, at this stage of the campaign for St. Petersburg mayor, Baker continues to avoid partisan politics.
More than 22,000 ballots have been cast ahead of for St. Petersburg’s Aug. 29 mayoral and City Council District 6 primaries. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted updated vote-by-mail numbers showing that, as of Thursday afternoon, 67,348 mail ballots have been sent, with just over 32 percent — 21,830 — have returned. By party, 10,113 Democrats, 8,003 Republicans and 3,714 NPR/other have cast votes.
There have been some intense, sharp-edged encounters between Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker as the two men compete this summer to become mayor of St. Petersburg for the next four years. Wednesday night’s encounter at the Museum of Fine Arts wasn’t one of them.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman can sound almost cerebral when he makes a case for re-election over his chief opponent, former Mayor Rick Baker. Rene Flowers is much more visceral.