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Democrats say Trump link may have helped swing St. Pete mayoral race

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A virtual tie between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker in a mayoral primary Tuesday has left Florida Democrats giddy and Republicans groping for ways to rebrand their candidate. Baker, a Republican former mayor who remained wildly popular years after leaving office, led Kriseman in polls and fundraising throughout the campaign.

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Rick Baker to end St. Pete mayoral primary on high note with Aug. 22 fundraiser

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Rick Baker is looking to finish strong ahead of the St. Petersburg mayoral primary Tuesday, August 29. In his push to build a “Seamless City,” the former two-term Mayor will hold a final fundraiser in the primary contest, set for Tuesday, August 22 at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE. in downtown St. Pete. Suggested minimum contribution is $50 per attendee.

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Rick Kriseman crosses the bay again for a Tampa fundraiser Thursday

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman travels across Tampa Bay once again this week for a Tampa fundraiser to support his re-election effort. According to the invite, the Thursday reception is to “celebrate the progress of the past three years in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay.”

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Fire fighters endorse Rick Baker for mayor

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Rick Baker has received a key endorsement in his mayoral bid. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 747 announced Friday it was throwing its support behind Baker in the St. Petersburg mayoral election. In a statement announcing the endorsement, Rick Pauley, the president of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, said the former two-term mayor has “demonstrated his support for public safety” by supporting issues important to fire fighters in the past.

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Pinellas GOP heavyweights raising money for Rick Baker on Wednesday in Clearwater Beach

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Former Mayor Rick Baker continues building momentum in his quest to return for a third term as St. Petersburg Mayor. Coming off a successful campaign kickoff event last week, Baker, who served two terms from 2001-2010, is following with another high-profile reception Wednesday in Clearwater Beach. Co-chairs of the event – with the tagline “Proven Leadership” – include renowned attorney Brian Aungst Jr., former Pinellas GOP Chair Jay Beyrouti and restaurateur (and one-time “Mr. Clearwater”) Frank Chivas. According to the invite,…

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The case against Rick Baker running for St. Petersburg mayor

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As coy as he has been with the local media and as busy as he is promoting the Rowdies referendum, Rick Baker is almost certain to run for St. Petersburg mayor this year. Last week, Baker was in Tallahassee for a series of not-exactly-clandestine meetings with top Republican donors like Brian Ballard and Nick Iarossi. Baker’s biggest cheerleader in the capital, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, set up the meetings. Baker does not particularly enjoy fundraising; At least not as much…

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E-mails confirm City Hall administrator is coordinating letter-writing campaign for Rick Baker’s application for SPC president — on city time

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Last week, Aaron Sharockman reported that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker had begun campaigning in earnest for the presidency of St. Petersburg College: Baker, who said supporters came forward as they heard about his prospective candidacy, has even asked a political consultant to help coordinate the letters. Nick Hansen, who was campaign manager for mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, has been collecting and organizing the letters. Today, through a public records request, Saint Petersblog has learned that Lori Matway, the City…

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