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Does Ed Helm have a chance? He's not sure

ST. PETERSBURG — Ed Helm says he isn't running for mayor to be a spoiler.

But in a lengthy interview this week, Helm, 64, also avoided questions about whether he really thinks he can win.

"It's one of the things I'm listening for," said Helm, who filed the paperwork to launch a campaign Friday, citing a lack of a progressive voice in the field.

Helm, a prominent but divisive former Democratic political boss, joins nine candidates vying to replace Mayor Rick Baker. Helm ran for mayor in 2005, losing every precinct in a Baker landslide re-election. He also lost a 1993 City Council bid.

"I think it's important there be a progressive voice," said Helm, who retired after 26 years as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Labor. "I'm confident in terms of who I am, what I've been and that I'll be speaking with a progressive voice. That's part of what I want to see happen."

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Aaron Sharockman, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:54am]

    

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