“Cheer up!” “Don’t look so angry when you’re talking.” “Talk about Donald Trump.”
Candidates for St. Petersburg mayor and three City Council races will face off with two city-sponsored forums set for September.
A virtual tie between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker in a mayoral primary Tuesday has left Florida Democrats giddy and Republicans groping for ways to rebrand their candidate. Baker, a Republican former mayor who remained wildly popular years after leaving office, led Kriseman in polls and fundraising throughout the campaign.
Unlike the rest of the St. Petersburg City Council, Steve Kornell remained neutral in the mayoral “battle of the Ricks,” which is why he felt free to blast the tone of the campaign on social media over the weekend. And while he’d like to see it change now that it will continue for an additional 10 weeks, Kornell’s not betting on it.
It may have been close, but for St. Petersburg’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Tuesday’s mayoral primary proved a significant victory. And it gave the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida a chance to boast.
Tuesday’s slate of elections in St. Petersburg certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about candidates. Here’s a list of the real winners and losers emerging from the city’s primary elections. Please let me know if I missed anyone.
Ever since Rick Baker entered the mayoral race in St. Petersburg in May, incumbent Rick Kriseman has been on the defensive – about sewage, the Manhattan Casino, the Pier, and seemingly everything else under the sunshine. Those issues will undoubtedly reverberate as the mayoral race continues into the fall, but Kriseman was completely on offense when he took to the state at the State Theater Tuesday night when a runoff was guaranteed (but before he knew he had collected 69…