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St. Petersburg ballot line-up comes into focus



UPDATE: Ten candidates for mayor (bye-bye Mr. Haak). Story here.

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's all over at 5 p.m.

By then, we will know the roster of mayoral and City Council candidates in September's primary. We will also know whether any City Council candidates will bypass the primary voting process to face off in a November general election.

Here's a look at candidates who have already qualified to run for office:

In the mayor's race: business executive Deveron Gibbons, City Council member Jamie Bennett, homeless activist Paul Congemi, university student Richard Eldridge, attorney Kathleen Ford, attorney Bill Foster, real estate investor Scott Wagman, political activist Ed Helm and restaurateur John Warren.

Unlike the majority of candidates, Warren, Helm and Congemi claimed the election assessment fee was an undue burden and qualified without paying the nearly $1,600 fee.

So who hasn't qualified yet?

Businessman Larry Williams, political activist Alex Haak and community activist Sharon Russ, who has said she would no longer pursue the office.

Newcomer Eric Rubin filed some paperwork with City Hall today. He is a homeless advocate. It's unclear whether he will submit all the necessary paperwork by 5 p.m.

In the City Council races: City Council chairman Jeff Danner was the only person to qualify for the District 8 election so far.

In the District 2 race, City Council member Jim Kennedy will face retired police chief Stephen Corsetti.

In the District 4 race, City Council member Leslie Curran is running against printer Jason Diviki and educator Pamella Settlegoode.

In the District 5 race, community activist Angela Rouson is up against retired police officer Joe Smith. Social worker Steve Kornell has not yet qualified.

In the District 6 race, City Council member Karl Nurse is being challenged by university student Derrick Frohne and former city employee Vel Thompson.

Unknown candidate Phillip Garrett has not qualified, but City Clerk Eva Andujar said he indicated he would no longer pursue the office.

Thompson, Frohne, Smith and Settlegoode all claimed the election assessment fee was an undue burden and qualified without paying the roughly $400 fee.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:57am]


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