Election night in St. Petersburg saw the official end of several local races by incumbents and newcomers alike. Some campaigns were brief, others much longer and certainly more contentious.
Ed Montanari – a respected city activist – ran unopposed and easily won Bill Dudley’s term-limited seat. In contrast: Lisa Wheeler-Brown, another community activist, defeated Will Newton, the brother of a well-known city councilmember, in what was considered by many to be one of the most combative campaigns the city has seen in some time.
“Running for politics is not for the weak-hearted,” Wheeler-Brown told reporters after the polls closed. “Every day is challenging, every day different and makes you nervous.”
As campaigning ends, the real work — moving St. Petersburg into the future — begins.
Photojournalist Kimberly DeFalco made her way through the celebrations (and defeats) that marked the 2015 St. Petersburg Municipal Elections.
DeFalco files this photo compilation: