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Police union endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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The Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association and their members announced Monday they are endorsing St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for re-election.

“We are proud to support Mayor Kriseman, who has been a champion for the St. Petersburg police department,” said George Lofton, president of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. “Mayor Kriseman has shown steady leadership, and he’ll continue to fight for the resources the St. Petersburg Police Department needs to keep our officers and communities safe. Everything from the performance of Police Chief Holloway to the construction of a modern police station have made this an easy decision for the Sun Coast PBA.”

Since his election in 2013, crime has decreased by 6 percent, and violent crime dropped by 26 percent under Kriseman, who selected Anthony Holloway to lead the SPPD in 2014.

“I’m honored to accept the endorsement of our men and women in uniform,” Kriseman said in a statement from his campaign. “I thank them for their work with our neighborhood leaders to create safer streets and stronger communities. Together we will continue the progress our city has made, and I’m grateful to have them on our team.”

Opposing Kriseman (so far) in his bid for re-election by Anthony Cates III, Paul Congemi and Jesse Nevel.

All eyes, however, remain on whether or not former Mayor Rick Baker will enter the contest. Recent polls suggest he is the only potential candidate floated about who could present a serious challenge to Kriseman’s goal of being elected for four more years.

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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