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Kathleen Ford, Bill Foster set to spar at Tiger Bay

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Last month, the voters of St. Petersburg had a veritable cornucopia of candidates to select from to replace the term-limited Rick Baker. In the primary, candidates Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford won enough votes to proceed to the general election. While the primary election relationship of these two former city council colleagues was cordial, the final race to the finish has the candidates trying harder to distinguish themselves from one another. Foster, the top vote-getter in the primary, continues to note his calm business-like demeanor while Ford focuses on her plans to re-tool the managerial ranks of the City and drive a harder bargain with the Rays on a new stadium. Ford has gained credit with some for her hard-charging stance on fiscal issues and history of support for gay rights, while Foster has risked his faith-based support by announcing support for same-sex benefits for city workers. While Ford recently drew some criticism by suggesting Foster knew of a former council member’s alleged improper conduct, Foster has been less direct, while still casting Ford as a “loose cannon.” Please join your fellow Tigers to hear these two candidates reveal their visions for the future of St. Petersburg, and their plans to win the office which will allow them to implement their vision.

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.

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