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West St. Pete candidate forum may be scrapped as Kathleen Ford, Bill Foster look to limit number of mayoral debates

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During the recent primary, there seemed to be a political forum every evening. On many nights, there were multiple forums scheduled with candidates rushing from one neighborhood association to the next. Rarely was something said at one forum that wasn’t heard at a previous meeting. It was deja vu over and over again.

Well, it appears Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster are putting a stop to the insanity. Apparently, the two candidates have agreed to limit the number of debates and forums at which they both will appear. And no more double-dipping; if one neighborhood association invites the mayoral candidates to speak, they’ll need to coordinate with adjacent neighborhoods to avoid the kind of situation where the candidates had to leave the forum at Harbordale to be on time for the one at Coquina Key.

The first victim of this arrangement may be the West St. Pete forum hosted by Rep. Rick Kriseman. I have not confirmed this yet, but neither Ford nor Foster agreed to participate in this forum and both are considering not attending.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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