76% of St. Pete voters believe candidates should attend as many debates as possible; hear that, Kathleen Ford?

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Mark Puente of the Tampa Bay Times reported today that mayoral aspirant Kathleen Ford will miss her third, fourth and fifth candidate forum this week. 

That may be a dangerous strategy, even for a likely front-runner like Ford. “Some voters,” Puente writes, “are already wondering wonder if Ford has time to run the city if elected.”

In fact, a new survey from St. Pete Polls commissioned by this blog finds 76% of likely voters in the upcoming city election believe “candidates should make every attempt to attend as many candidate forums as possible?”

Ford’s latest reason for not attending a candidate forum is that it’s her husband’s birthday. 

Well then, let’s hope that if Ford is elected Mayor of St. Petersburg that no pressing city business ever conflicts with important dates like her husband’s b-day.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.