Two days after the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance limiting campaign contributions, which is expected to be legally challenged, Council Chair Darden Rice was still exulting. A former president of the League of Women Voters in St. Pete, Rice was an early champion of the just passed measure that will set up limits on contributions to political action committees, essentially abolishing super PACs in local elections. It takes effect in January.
Mail ballots are heading out to St. Petersburg voters for the Nov. 7 general election, which will decide the city’s next mayor as well as three seats on the City Council.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday said the first batch of ballots for St. Petersburg’s Nov. 7 general election are in the mail. The office sent 3,962 postmarked ballots, but that total includes voters in the municipal elections set for Clearwater, Dunedin and Seminole as well as St. Pete.
Campaigns for three City Council seats in St. Petersburg perked up again Wednesday night at the Sunshine Center, with Duke Energy as the main target.
Many major events in the Tampa Bay area are being shut down on Thursday and Friday in advance of Hurricane Irma’s potential to make landfall this weekend in the Sunshine State.
Candidates for St. Petersburg mayor and three City Council races will face off with two city-sponsored forums set for September.
Rick Kriseman‘s strong advocacy of St. Petersburg police chief Tony Holloway has become a campaign issue in the race against Rick Baker, but it won’t be in the race for City Council District 2. Both Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard both support Holloway staying on the job, regardless of who is elected mayor in November.