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Rick Baker airing TV ad touting environmental credentials

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Although the Sierra Club endorsed Rick Kriseman in the race for St. Petersburg mayor, Rick Baker isn’t ready to concede any ground on which candidate has the best environmental credentials. Baker’s campaign released a television ad Wednesday touting the gains the city made on the environmental front during the former mayor’s two terms in office (2001-2010). The ad begins with a reference to St. Pete’s designation in 2005 as Florida’s first “Green City” and includes references to how Baker expanded city parks, cleaned…

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Rick Kriseman chastises Rick Baker’s ‘silence’ on U.S. withdrawl from Paris Climate Accord

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Rick Kriseman is one of 76 “Climate Mayors” around the county defying President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. In a letter posted shortly after Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark 2015 global agreement on voluntarily reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda announced their own intent to uphold the U.S.’ end of the Paris accords within their own jurisdictions. “We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We…

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‘One more time’ — Rick Baker seeks to unseat Rick Kriseman

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Six days after he led a successful push for the Tampa Bay Rowdies to extend its lease at Al Lang Stadium, Rick Baker pulled the trigger on a bid for a third term as Mayor of St. Petersburg, a job he held from 2001-2010. Baker personally filed his paperwork with the City Clerk’s office Monday. A phone number listed on his intent-to-file form was actually for another candidate who ran for Pinellas County Tax Collector. Baker’s entry into the contest had been rumored for…

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Rick Kriseman taps Jacob Smith to lead re-election campaign

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Jacob Smith will serve as campaign manager for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s re-election campaign. Smith worked in Democratic politics going back to his freshman year at the University of Florida in 2008 when he volunteered for Barack Obama‘s effort in Florida. He also worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign in Southwest Florida. His most recent job was working as the Michigan organizing director for the Hillary Clinton campaign last year. He began working for the Clinton campaign in April of 2015 as…

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