St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman endorses Alex Sink in CD-13 race

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is endorsing Democrat Alex Sink for the Florida 13th Congressional District special election to replace former U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

The former Florida CFO faces Republican David Jolly, who served as Young’s General Counsel and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the general election Tuesday, March 11. Nearly 93,500 Pinellas County voters have already cast ballots in the race, as of Monday.

“I am proud to support Alex Sink because I know she will bring the bipartisan, results oriented values she’s practiced all her life to Washington and finally get Congress focused on solving problems that matter,” Kriseman said in a statement issued today. “At City Hall, we know firsthand that the challenges facing our community are not partisan issues – that’s why we need a leader like Alex Sink who will bring Republicans, Democrats and Independents together to tackle our most pressing problems, and I know we can trust Alex to take the voices of every Pinellas resident to Washington.”  

“Every day Mayors and local leaders across Pinellas put problem solving over politics to serve residents – and I’m running to bring this same brand of bipartisan leadership back to Washington,” replied Sink. “From protecting Social Security and Medicare, to cutting wasteful spending, to helping businesses create jobs, the challenges facing are community are too important to let partisan finger-pointing stand in the way of getting results.”  


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