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Rick Kriseman asks St. Pete residents to conserve water for next 24 hours

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Pumping stations in St. Petersburg continue to not have power so Mayor Rick Kriseman is calling on residents to avoid using any running water over the next 24 hours. “You all in the community did really well conserving water when we asked you to,” Kriseman said late Monday morning. “We’re going to ask you to do it just for another 24 hours, as we continue to work through getting everything back online.” “If you can conserve your water that would…

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Justin Bean says he’s excited to take his candidacy citywide

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Justin Bean isn’t exactly certain who he’ll be competing against in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race, but he says he can’t wait to debate the issues facing St. Petersburg with whomever he eventually faces. “There won’t be eight of us, so you can’t hide if you don’t know the issues,” the 30-year-old businessman said shortly after 8 p.m Tuesday  outside the Galley, the downtown watering hole where friends of Bean gathered to watch the election returns. Bean…

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Justin Bean, Gina Driscoll finish one-two in St. Pete District 6 race; Recount likely

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An eight-person field has narrowed to Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. They will face off in 10 weeks to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse. Robert Blackmon came in an extremely close third, behind Driscoll by only four votes, setting off an automatic recount.

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Jesse Nevel insists he’s not splitting progressive vote in St. Pete mayor race

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Uhuru-backed St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel heard complaints from some Rick Kriseman supporters saying his involvement in the primary election has divided the progressive vote and will help Rick Baker win the election. Nevel rejects those charges.

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Rick Baker on Rick Kriseman: ‘Out of touch with African-American community’

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Gentrification in the South side of St. Petersburg has been a major campaign issue this summer, and Rick Kriseman‘s decision to select the owner of the Pipo’s chain of Cuban restaurants to operate out of the historic Manhattan Casino has been seized upon by the Rick Baker campaign over the last week leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. “I think Rick Kriseman is completely out of touch with the African-American community,” Baker said Tuesday when asked if he agreed with a similar statement…

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St. Pete District 6 voters get their say on City Council hopefuls

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An eight-person field in the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council race will become a two-person race after Tuesday night. But it’s far from certain who those two candidates will be, at least until returns begin trickling in starting 7 p.m.

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An anticlimactic finish to St. Petersburg’s mayoral race? Or is Rick Kriseman closing on Rick Baker?

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In one week, St. Petersburg residents will know whether Rick Baker is returning to City Hall for a third term as mayor or if incumbent Rick Kriseman lives to fight another day. Whether Baker wins the August 29 primary outright is really the only drama left to unfold in what has turned out to be, at least compared to the previous two mayoral races, an anticlimactic affair.

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