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Ford and Foster spar in debate



ST. PETERSBURG — In Kathleen Ford's St. Petersburg, city leaders neglect public safety while stashing away millions in tax dollars, good ol' boys say one thing, then do the opposite, and private meetings about baseball's future border on illegal.

In Bill Foster's St. Petersburg, the city's Police Department is a model of excellence, longtime leaders are hard-working men and women who have helped build St. Petersburg up, and haggling with baseball executives is about the city's best interests.

St. Petersburg's mayoral candidates presented wildly different interpretations of the city's past, present and future during a candidate forum at Lakewood High School Wednesday night.

For the most part, the former City Council members agreed on the facts, but their contrasting conclusions offered voters deeper insight into their diverging political ideologies and potential leadership styles.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:08pm]


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