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Baker chosen as mayor of the year by national magazine



Rickbaker Governing magazine has chosen St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker as its mayor of the year, an honor previously accorded to mayors from much larger cities, like Houston.

The magazine, which is owned by the same company that publishes the St. Petersburg Times, focuses on state and local government. It's not scheduled to announce Baker's selection until next week.

But former Pinellas County Commissioner Steve Seibert let the cat out of the bag while introducing Baker on Thursday at the opening of the Florida Water Congress in Orlando.

Baker, who also leads the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, credited his predecessors in office -- particularly Robert Ulrich and David Fischer -- for setting the stage for his success.

"The city's doing great," he said. "When the city does great, the mayor gets the credit for it."

Craig Pittman, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:36am]


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