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.
Reverend Louis M. Murphy, overseeing the largest African-American congregation in Pinellas County as senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as St. Petersburg mayor.
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.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed out ballots for the August 29 municipal primary Tuesday to the more than 64,000 voters who have requested them. On the ballot will be the mayoral primary, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker as well as Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi, Theresa Lassiter and Jesse Nevel. The top two vote getters will square off in the November general election unless one of the candidates gets greater than 50 percent of the vote.…
When does a person’s civic activism go too far? Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter is perhaps the feistiest of engaged citizens in St. Petersburg. She attends every meeting. She’s seen in the background of many city news conferences, business openings and ribbon cuttings. She backs candidates and condemns others. And sometimes she’s thrown out of meetings. Elected officials in St. Pete know Momma Tee well. Other engaged citizens know her well. But for those who don’t there are a few things…