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Rick Kriseman to hold fundraiser — in Tampa

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Rick Baker held a fundraiser in Clearwater last week, leading some to chortle that he had to travel all the way to North Pinellas to help boost his coffers in his bid to return as St. Petersburg mayor.

Democrats said there weren’t enough Republicans in St. Pete to prop up the former two-term mayor.

But Baker is not the only mayoral candidate who is venturing beyond the city limits to soak up campaign cash.

On June 20, Rick Kriseman will be at a fundraiser held at the Tampa law firm of Shuemaker, Loop & Kendrick.

Among those listed as hosts for the event: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa City Council members Luis Vieira, Harry Cohen, Mike Suarez and Yolie Capin, and other bold-named Democrats like Alex Sink, Betty Castor and Jim Davis.

Kriseman has already reported raising more than $400,000 in fundraising as of the end of April. Baker entered the race last month. Neither candidate has released their fundraising totals for the month of May.



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

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