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Fire fighters endorse Rick Baker for mayor

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Rick Baker has received a key endorsement in his mayoral bid.

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 747 announced Friday it was throwing its support behind Baker in the St. Petersburg mayoral election. In a statement announcing the endorsement, Rick Pauley, the president of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, said the former two-term mayor has “demonstrated his support for public safety” by supporting issues important to fire fighters in the past.

“The members of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 747, have enjoyed a long history and positive working relationship with Mayor Baker,” said Pauley. “Rick Baker has demonstrated his support for public safety by supporting fire fighter issues in the past, adding additional fire fighter positions, and ensuring our members can retire with dignity. We believe St. Petersburg is safer with Rick Baker as Mayor.”

Baker faces Mayor Rick Kriseman in the Aug. 29 primary.

“Public safety is the number one job for the Mayor of any city,” said Baker in a statement. “I am humbled that the members of St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters IAFF Local 747 have put their faith and trust in me, and am honored to receive their endorsement.”

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