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The two Ricks share love for the ‘burg at genteel candidate forum

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There have been some intense, sharp-edged encounters between Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker as the two men compete this summer to become mayor of St. Petersburg for the next four years. Wednesday night’s encounter at the Museum of Fine Arts wasn’t one of them.

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It’s official: Louis Murphy endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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Reverend Louis M. Murphy, overseeing the largest African-American congregation in Pinellas County as senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as St. Petersburg mayor.

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The two Ricks battle it out over sewage, the Pier, and ideology

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In their first televised debate, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker put incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman on the defensive over his handling of the city’s sewage crisis and construction of a new Pier. Kriseman returned fire, attacking Baker’s conservative ideology and previous interactions with the LGBTQ community.

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Mail ballots go out to St. Pete voters

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The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed out ballots for the August 29 municipal primary Tuesday to the more than 64,000 voters who have requested them. On the ballot will be the mayoral primary, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker as well as Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi, Theresa Lassiter and Jesse Nevel. The top two vote getters will square off in the November general election unless one of the candidates gets greater than 50 percent of the vote.…

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Jesse Nevel protesting Paul Congemi ‘go back to Africa’ rant at rally today

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel is organizing a “major public event” this week in response to racially charged statements made by fellow candidate Paul Congemi.

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St. Pete College drops sponsorship of mayoral debate after Tampa Bay Times restricts audience

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The decision to change the format of an upcoming mayoral debate has led to the departure of one of the original sponsors of the event.

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Mayoral candidates engage in a kinder, gentler debate

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Three nights after their latest debate ended in chaos, the candidates running for mayor of St. Petersburg engaged in a restrained affair Thursday night. The most dynamic performer on the stage was Jesse Nevel, the 27-year-old Uhuru firebrand who blasted Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker throughout the 83-minute affair, while varying his message beyond a call for reparations for the black community.

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