Restaurant owner says he's right choice for St. Petersburg mayor
ST. PETERSBURG — As the field of mayoral candidates came into focus in recent months, restaurateur John Warren sized up the group and thought to himself, meh.
The candidates had months of campaigning and fundraising on him, some had been elected to office in St. Petersburg before, some were high-powered corporate types. But with more than 30 years under his belt as a community activist and small business owner in St. Petersburg, Warren felt comfortable he would make the best mayor of the lot.
"I wouldn't have joined the race if I didn't think I was," Warren said.
Warren, a self-made businessman with a background in historic preservation, makes 10 candidates now vying to replace Mayor Rick Baker, who is term-limited.
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