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Palladium Theater starts distributing tickets to St. Pete mayoral debate

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Although three debates have been held between St. Petersburg mayoral candidates (but only one with all seven candidates on the ballot), arguably the biggest one will take place Monday, July 25, at the Palladium Theater. That’s because the forum, which starts at 7 p.m., will be broadcast throughout the city (and all the Tampa Bay area) by Bay News 9, moderated by the station’s Holly Gregory and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith. If you want to watch the event…

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St. Pete mayoral, council hopefuls to hold forums in July

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In St. Petersburg, election season is well underway. Over the next week or so, St. Pete voters will get a chance to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and city council.

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Rick Kriseman, Rick Baker and five longshots qualify for ballot in St. Pete’s mayoral contest

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The deadline to qualifying to run in this year’s election for mayor of St. Petersburg ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the field of candidates is now set at seven. The primary election is August 29. Leading the field are the two Rick’s – incumbent Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker. Also making it on the ballot are Ernisa Barnwell, Anthony Cates III, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, Jesse Nevel, the national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, and perennial candidate…

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Rick Kriseman campaign raises more than $100,000 in April for re-election

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Rumors continue to circulate that former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will soon announce his candidacy to challenge incumbent Rick Kriseman in November. If so, Baker may need to do it as soon as this week, as Kriseman continues to extend his financial advantage. The Kriseman campaign announced Monday that the campaign and an associated committee combined to raise over $100,000 in April for his re-election bid, bringing the total Kriseman for Mayor has raised to nearly $400,000. “Every day, I talk to people…

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Four St. Petersburg City Council members announce support for Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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With the hire of a campaign manager earlier this week, Rick Kriseman‘s re-election campaign is in full swing, more than seven months before Election Day. Four members of the St. Petersburg City Council — Chair Darden Rice along with Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Amy Foster and Charlie Gerdes — announced Wednesday that they are endorsing the mayor. “Councilmembers Rice, Wheeler-Bowman, Foster, and Gerdes have been great allies for progress on our city council,” Kriseman said in a statement. “I have worked closely with each…

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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…

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Ken Burke, Deborah Clark, Charles Thomas pre-qualify, with no opposition

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It’s the first day of qualifying for the upcoming elections and several candidates for Pinellas’ constitutional offices have pre-qualified. Three have no opposition, so far. Ken Burke, who’s running for re-election to the clerk of court’s office, and Deborah Clark, seeking re-election as the supervisor of elections, have both pre-qualified. So has Charles Thomas, a first-time candidate who’s seeking to replace his boss, Diane Nelson, who is retiring as Pinellas County tax collector. All three Republicans are unopposed thus far.…

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