Sorry, Ernest Hooper, but David Jolly versus Rick Kriseman cannot happen

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The Tampa Bay Times’ Ernest Hooper offered a tantalizing nugget in today’s newspaper.

David Jolly and Mayor Rick Kriseman faced off over St. Petersburg’s sewer issues. Will they battle again in a mayoral race?”

Wow! Wouldn’t that race be exciting? Jolly, coming off his narrow loss to Charlie Crist, seeks political redemption by challenging a popular — but not unbeatable — incumbent mayor.

Just think of the clash of ideas between the maverick Republican and the progressive Democrat.

And the staff battles … wouldn’t they be worth the price of admission? Nick Hansen versus Kevin King. Sarah Bascom versus Benjamin Kirby. Let’s just skip “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and get right to the 2017 campaign trail!


Jolly can’t run for Mayor of St. Petersburg in 2017. Not even if he moved tomorrow into a condo on Beach Drive.

The City Charter is pretty clear on such things.

The qualifications for mayoral candidates are governed by Section 3 of the City Charter, which requires that a candidate be a resident for at least the past 12 months, as of the date of the primary election, which is August 29, 2017.

On that date of earlier this year, Jolly was a resident of Indian Shores.

So, no, there won’t be a Jolly v. Kriseman donnybrook in 2017. But it was fun to daydream for a moment. Thanks, Hoop.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.