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What we did not hear from the Saint Petersburg Mayoral Candidates

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As the race to be St. Petersburg’s next Mayor winds down, I have been surprised not only by some of the things the candidates did say, but also by some of the things they did not say.

We did not hear Kathleen Ford personally attack Rick Baker. Instead, Ford used softer, generic terms, like “the current administration” to criticize the status quo.

We did not hear Bill Foster talk about his conservative values. For all the criticism he endures for his positions, Foster rarely mentioned his religious beliefs.

We did not hear Deveron Gibbons emphasize his youth. Gibbons is the youngest candidate in the field, a fact he should have used to his advantage.

We did not hear Scott Wagman talk about Beth Houghton. Occasionally Wagman will talk about his better half, but the popular, respected Beth Houghton has been noticeably absent from much of the campaign.

We did not here Larry Williams discuss what’s been up to for the last eight years. Williams finished third in the 2001 Mayoral Election and then dropped off the radar.

We did not hear Jamie Bennett talk about any changes he would make if he were elected. In Bennett’s eyes, city government can do no wrong.

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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