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How did St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

By Allison Graves
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks with volunteers at his campaign headquarters on Saturday. [JAY NOLAN | Special to the Times]

Mayor Rick Kriseman made several new promises for St. Petersburg ahead of his second term, including raising the minimum wage to $15 for city workers and reducing the city’s poverty rate.

Before round two as mayor starts Jan. 2, PolitiFact Florida wanted to evaluate Kriseman’s performance on 25 campaign promises from round one.

PolitiFact Florida launched the Krise-O-Meter four years ago to track Kriseman’s 2013 campaign promises about the pier, the Tampa Bay Rays stadium and a slew of local initiatives.

Our analysis shows he kept a majority of his promises, such as establishing a community policing philosophy, helping grow small businesses and expediting the demolition of blighted homes and vacant properties in the city.

But Kriseman broke several major pledges, most notably on the pier, which he said would be replaced by the end of 2015.

In an interview with PolitiFact Florida, Kriseman said he knew from the start it would be difficult to make good on his promises without any challenges.

“On the day I was sworn in, in my inaugural address, I said ‘I’m going to make mistakes,’ ” Kriseman said. “And certainly I’m not immune to mistakes.”

You can read the whole story from PolitiFact Florida here.