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Palladium Theater starts distributing tickets to St. Pete mayoral debate

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Although three debates have been held between St. Petersburg mayoral candidates (but only one with all seven candidates on the ballot), arguably the biggest one will take place Monday, July 25, at the Palladium Theater.

That’s because the forum, which starts at 7 p.m., will be broadcast throughout the city (and all the Tampa Bay area) by Bay News 9, moderated by the station’s Holly Gregory and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith.

If you want to watch the event in person, free tickets will be available at the Palladium box office starting noon Tuesday.  Tickets are limited to two per person.

Only Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman will participate in the debate, a contentious point for the other five candidates on the ballot.

Sponsors of the debate — the Times, Bay News 9  and St. Petersburg College — say they are limiting it only to those candidates because they have decided to rely on fundraising totals to determine which candidates will participate. Both have raised more than half a million dollars to date, by far more than the other candidates in the race.

They are: Jesse Nevel, Anthony Cates III, Paul CongemiTheresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter and Ernisa Barnwell.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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