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Larry Williams eyes St. Petersburg mayoral race



ST. PETERSBURG -- Former City Council Member Larry Williams said he is seriously considering another mayoral bid.

Williams, president of Diagnostic Outpatient Centers, ran in 2001 and placed third behind winner Rick Baker and runner-up Kathleen Ford.

Political observers have been saying Williams would join the race for months. During that time, Williams dodged calls from the St. Petersburg Times.

But Tuesday, Williams said he will make up his mind soon.

"I've been not necessarily out of the loop, but I've been in the background for some time," he said. "I'm the kind of guy, I have to make sure my mind is where it needs to be before I do something."

If Williams enters the race, that could be bad news for council member Jamie Bennett. Bennett, who also wants to be mayor, represents District 5, the same district Williams served.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:45am]


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