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St. Petersburg chamber of commerce president worries about voter apathy



ST. PETERSBURG - The president of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has urged members to get involved in the mayoral race.

John Long worries too many people are ignoring the election.

"People are just not focused on it. There are so many other things in their lives," he said, cautioning, "you don’t want to wake up on Sept. 2 and you have two candidates who you are not really in favor of."

There are 11 mayoral candidates. The primary is Sept. 1. The general election is Nov. 3.

The business community has long played an important role in swaying the outcome of local elections.

The chamber has asked candidates to respond to a 15-question questionnaire and will post the responses at in early July. The chamber's political action committee will endorse a candidate.

Long has also urged members to become active.

"Stay tuned and be informed," he wrote in an e-mail to members Wednesday. "Decisions made today will absolutely impact the future of our great city. Use your voice!"

Long, however, said he is still undecided.

"I am still not comfortable with everybody. I want to be able to see folks a little bit more in action in conversations," he said.


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


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