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The Worst Election Ever comes to an end

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The last coherent thing my father said before he passed three years ago was the famous line from TS Eliot’s Hollow Men: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. But what do you say when something was a whimper all along? The St. Petersburg Mayoral Race comes to its first conclusion on Tuesday and not with a bang but…

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Two best websites may be from City Council candidates, not mayoral contenders

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Of the 22 individuals crazy enough to run for elected office in St. Petersburg, the two with perhaps the best websites are candidates for City Council, rather than the better-funded candidates for Mayor. Well, mayoral candidate Scott Wagman has the best website, with plenty of YouTube videos. But at an expense of $20K, the cost of Wagman’s website far exceeds its value. Jamie Bennett had a good-looking, workhorse of a website, loaded with several active blogs. But since I left…

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Exclusive: Deveron Gibbons, Kathleen Ford lead race to be next Mayor, according to SP voter survey

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The Times isn’t the only source with for exclusive polling information. I’ve obtained a copy of a comprehensive voter survey of 400 registered St. Petersburg voters. I’ll be sharing the results of this survey throughout the week. For Deveron Gibbons, the glass is either half-empty or half-full. For Kathleen Ford, the glass is surprising filled-up. For the mythical candidate “Undecided,” the cup runneth over. In a survey of voters in St. Petersburg City Council Districts 5,6, and 7, Gibbons was…

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10 things I think I think about the latest poll of the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Race

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St. Petersburg voters still have no clue about who the next mayor should be, a new St. Petersburg Times poll shows. 61% undecided. Kathleen Ford, um, leads with 10%. After Ford, Bill Foster and Deveron Gibbons each received 8 percent, followed by Larry Williams and Scott Wagman with 4 percent each. City Council member Jamie Bennett received 3 percent of the vote. Newcomer Richard Eldridge received 1 percent. Here are ten things I think I think about this poll. 1.…

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Which campaign website is scarier…Richard Eldridge’s or Joe Smith’s?

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I don’t want to make fun of either man; Richard Eldridge is the comic relief the mayoral race needed and Joe Smith is honorable man who probably deserves better than to run for public office. That said, both candidate’s websites are horrifying. The problem is, I can’t figure out which one is worse. You decide. or

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11th candidate joins SP mayoral race

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Political novice Richard Eldridge became the 11th candidate for Mayor of St. Petersburg. Don’t know much about him, but his frighteningly amateur website can be found at eldridge2009.com. He was in the Marine Corps. Could be a scary dude, so I’m not saying anything else. Except I found it a little odd that on his website, he makes it clear that when he is writing: “there are no gender neutral words for he, she, him, her, his or hers. In my…

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