It’s endorsement season in St. Petersburg’s 2017 mayoral election.
St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi let loose a racially charged diatribe at a candidate forum Tuesday night. Congemi’s spiel came shortly after Uhuru-backed Jesse Nevel responded to a question about recreational development and youth opportunities by saying he was committed to “reparations” for St. Pete’s black community, which he said had suffered under the current administration.
St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) is hosting a discussion next month about “Keeping St. Petersburg Special,” featuring the city’s two leading mayoral candidates. The forum — with former two-term Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman — is Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts Marly Room, 255 Beach Dr., NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Reception begins 5:30 p.m.; forum is from 6 — 8 p.m.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council Chair Darden Rice and Sustainability & Resiliency Manager Sharon Wright are distributing a limited number of free tickets to a screening of the upcoming film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.” The film, which screens Thursday evening, is a sequel to the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The film again features former Vice-President Al Gore discussing the dangers that climate change presents for the world today and in the coming years and decades.
They’re loud. They’re rude. They’re black (mostly). Their ideas are preposterous. Their ideas are outright socialism. Their ideas are non-starters with 98 percent (at least) of St. Petersburg residents. They are, of course, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, or as everyone not a part of their organization calls them, the Uhurus. They’re the most hated people in St. Petersburg.
Former two-term mayor Rick Baker has opened up an eight-point lead over incumbent Rick Kriseman according to the latest survey of St. Petersburg’s mayoral race. Baker is at 46 percent and Kriseman is at 38 percent in the latest St. Pete Polls survey, which was conducted on the first day of early balloting in the primary election.
As the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Lenny Curry knows a thing or two about the importance of raising money for quality GOP candidates. And as the popular, powerful mayor of Jacksonville, he also knows what it’s like to be a successful big-city leader. Considering these two factors, it should come as no surprise that Curry is taking an interest in St. Petersburg’s mayoral race, where a prominent Republican, Rick Baker, is looking to win his old job…