They insist it isn’t political. On Wednesday, St. Petersburg House Democrat Wengay Newton, along with two other religious figures based in South St. Petersburg, blasted the Rick Kriseman administration for what they believe was an emphasis on gentrifying Midtown, the predominantly black section of the city.
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.
Eric Skains, who has served as the executive director of St. Pete Pride for the past five years, is stepping down from his position. Skains’ resignation is effective August 31. The Houston native is moving back to his hometown to take a job in the corporate world, an opportunity he says he can’t turn down.
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.
Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz made the trip across Tampa Bay this weekend to canvass for incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s re-election effort. Cruz, a Democrat who represents Northwestern Hillsborough County through downtown Tampa, is signifying a serious investment of resources by the Florida Democratic Party toward re-electing Kriseman in what has traditionally been a nonpartisan race.
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.
St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens, Jr. believes he has the answer to addressing the city’s food deserts. Food deserts are described as an area, especially those having low-income residents, with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. By that definition, south St. Petersburg definitely qualifies. Givens’ plan is to establish a community co-op between local nonprofits and small-business owners to provide low-income individuals and families with healthy food alternatives. He envisions an area where local residents…