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Mike Atwater endorses Bill Foster for St. Petersburg mayor



ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg restaurateur Mike Atwater endorsed mayoral candidate Bill Foster Friday.

Atwater, owner of the political hotspot Atwater's Cafeteria, said he endorsed Foster mostly because Deveron Gibbons endorsed him Tuesday.

"I support my candidate's judgment and have now decided to follow suit and support Bill Foster," said Atwater, who previously endorsed Gibbons in the primary election. "It appears that he has integrity. He believes there is a God, he prays a lot and he is a fourth generation resident."

Atwater said Foster is a regular customer. Rival Kathleen Ford isn't.

"I liked Bill Foster a lot when he ran for City Council," Atwater added.

However, Foster should change his mind about refusing to sign the city's annual proclamation honoring the St. Pete Pride parade, said Atwater.

"If I am going to be mayor, I'm going to support the MLK parade, the Gasparilla parade, I'm going to support all parades," he said. "This is the twenty-first century. Everything goes. It's a diverse world."

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

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


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