As I predicted, Rick Kriseman is set to formally announce on Monday he is running for Mayor of Saint Petersburg.
Mark Puente has the official story. Lord knows, Kevin King isn’t going to allow Kriseman to talk to me. We’ll see how well that works out for them during the campaign.
The former council member and state representative plans to announce his candidacy Monday at City Hall.
He cited Foster’s lack of leadership as a reason for entering the contest. He pointed to issues like the stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays over a new stadium, the plan to replace the Pier and not trimming enough from the city’s budget.
“The position of mayor is where I can make an impact on the community and residents,” said Kriseman, a Democrat, who served with Foster on the eight-member City Council from 2000 to 2005.
“There hasn’t been any real vision.”
Meanwhile, two sources confirm that Kriseman has hired (or will formally hire once his campaign is up and running) Cesar Fernandez to manage his campaign. Fernandez is a up-and-coming Democratic operative who managed Senator Jeff Clemens win during the 2012 election cycle. After that, Fernandez went to work for the Florida Justice Association, which is advised by Democratic uber consultant Steve Schale. Schale has extensive ties to Rick Kriseman, so it makes perfect sense that Fernandez would go to work on Kriseman’s campaign.