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Angela Rouson joins Democrats to run for St. Pete City Council



ST. PETERSBURG -- City Council candidate Angela Rouson changed political parties the day before she submitted her campaign paperwork.

Rouson, who is running for the District 5 seat, became a Democrat on Tuesday. She submitted her initial campaign paperwork to the City Clerk's office the next day.

Rouson has a diverse political background. She registered as a Democrat in September 2000. In 2003, she became a Republican. She is registered to vote under the name Angela Holmes-Rouson.

Her latest political switch mirrors her husband's political party hopping. State Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, also abandoned the Republican party amid his first political campaign in 2008.

It's unclear why Angela Rouson switched parties. She could not immediately be reached for comment.

St. Petersburg elections are nonpartisan, but District 5 is overwhelmingly Democratic.

Her opponent, Steve Kornell, is a longtime Democratic activist. He helped oversee the campaign of the Rev. Charles McKenzie, who challenged Rep. Rouson for the District 55 seat twice in 2008.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:49am]


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