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Charlie Gerdes for mayor? St. Petersburg counciman says no way




With rumors of more possible candidates entering the race to St. Petersburg’s next mayor, council member Charlie Gerdes says he isn’t one of them.

Gerdes issued the declaration Monday in response to Gene Webb, a former city employee and current blogger and writer on

Webb wrote Friday about the controversial red light cameras and Chief Assistant Attorney Mark Winn beating two tickets in court. Webb discussed how some City Council members voted Thursday to not kill the contract with the camera vendor.

Gerdes and four other council members, Karl Nurse, Jeff Danner, Bill Dudley and Jim Kennedy, voted to keep the cameras working.

Webb wrote: “Gerdes continues to disappoint. For someone who has an eye on the Mayor's spot down the road he should be taking more of a leadership role instead of pandering to the status quo and tossing the ball to the Mayor.”

Gerdes responded Monday in the comments section on the Patch site.

“Please get off of the "Gerdes has his eye on being Mayor" schtick. You started that before Gerdes was ever elected and you continue to spew it despite having been told face to face it is untrue.

You would have more credibility if you reported that Gerdes specifically requested the Mayor to issue a moratorium on all tickets, not just tickets to owners who were not driving the car, until the Legislature fixes the procedural defects in the state statute. But that reporting would not serve your purpose.”

It’s a happy Monday in Sunshine City.



[Last modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:10am]


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