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.
After hours of debate, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a campaign-finance reform measure Thursday, which could have national implications. The final vote was 6-2, with Council members Ed Montanari and Jim Kennedy dissenting. Once the final vote became clear, the crowd in city chambers erupted with cheers.
The Suncoast Police Benevolent Association is endorsing businessman Justin Bean in the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council race.
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.
St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice released her first TV ad of the general election Tuesday, highlighting her work as well as the city’s resiliency during and after Hurricane Irma.
St. Petersburg officials have maintained for years they believe the Tampa Bay Rays franchise will eventually come to its senses and opt to stay in the city, preferably in the same place where Tropicana Field stands today. It was refreshing, then, to hear St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice acknowledge reality Monday night during a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
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.