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Former police officer files to run for St. Petersburg's District 5

ST. PETERSBURG- A former police officer announced his candidacy for District 5 in what is quickly shaping up to be the most anticipated competition in an otherwise quiet City Council election.

Joe Smith, now a public safety instructor at St. Petersburg College, said he filed his campaign forms to run today.

Smith discussed his candidacy at a St. Petersburg Democratic Club meeting.

"I owe a lot to the city," said Smith, who retired from the police department in May 2008. "I want to give back. I want to serve."

Smith faces Angela Rouson, the wife of State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and Steve Kornell, a social worker for Pinellas County Schools.

All three candidates are Democrats. The race is nonpartisan.

District 5 is the only council race without an incumbent running.

Derrick Frohne, a candidate for District 6 challenging council member Karl Nurse, also spoke at the meeting. He quickly introduced himself and then asked for checks in support of his campaign.

After the meeting, Frohne, a University of South Florida student, declined an interview and said he would run most media inquires by his campaign manager and longtime friend, Jamie Kidder.

Former mayoral contender Ed Helm urged more Democrats to enter the race during the meeting. He pointed out that council members Leslie Curran and Jeff Danner are running unopposed.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:51am]


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