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St. Petersburg primary election returns

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September

 

FINAL UPDATE: It's Bill Foster and Kathleen Foster headed to the Nov. 3 general election.

At Red Mesa Cantina, Kathleen Ford gave a victory speech about 8:30 p.m.

"It was a well fought race," she said. "This is just Part One. We got Part Two now."

Ford congratulated her rivals, singling Gibbons out as an "up and coming leader" and thanking Wagman and hsi wife for their community service. She also said she would work with Jamie Bennett, Richard Eldridge and Paul Congemi on their issues.

Earlier, she said she thinks she did so well among early voters because people know and trust her. She said she started going door to door in March, sending out direct mail pieces and calling voters.

Foster made his four-minute acceptance speech at Midtown Sundries at 8:47 p.m., standing on a chair.

He congratulated his volunteers.

“I hate to tell you, we’ve got two more months of it.”

He thanked his family and congratulated Ford and the other eight candidates.

“This is an ugly process and it’s an emotional roller coaster. I congratulate every other candidate because they ran hard.”

“Tonight we eat drink and be merry. Tomorrow we go back to work because there’s a lot to do.”

Earlier in the evening, Foster said he had been worried about the negative campaigning in the past week would affect the election. Foster, identified as a frontrunner in several polls, was the target of many of the ads.

He said the results showed "there's only one way to win City Hall and that's to have a good message."

"I intend to be everybody's mayor, whether they supported me or not," he added.

Gibbons conceded after all the precincts were counted. “We had a great run,” he told the crowd, which called back, “Yes, we did!”

And his remarks made it clear he wasn’t done with politics.
“We came up a little short this time. Let me tell you, that’s this time. They may win this time, but I expect next time we’ll be on top. You haven’t seen the last of Deveron Gibbons.”

Mayor Rick Baker, who has not yet endorsed any candidate in the race, showed up at Gibbons’ party at Push nightclub in downtown St. Petersburg. Gibbons introduced him to the crowd and Baker said, “What Deveron said was right, I don’t think you’ve heard the last of Deveron Gibbons.”

Earlier in the evening, State Rep. Darryl Rouson, a Gibbons supporter, complained about the turnout and the lackluster race.

"There wasn't a lot of excitement," he said. "The issues were not exactly the bread and butter issues that get turnout."

He went on to say that "black folks didn't come out like they could have or they should have" to vote.

Wagman, who had gathered at Outback Steakhouse to await the returns, was disappointed with the results.

"I was completely unknown coming up from zero name recognition," he said. "I think the public is more comfortable with some known quantities."

Wagman said he is done with politics. "I went in here to be the CEO mayor of St. Petersburg. Management and leadership are my strengths. Being a professional politician was never on the menu." 

He said he hasn't considered endorsing anyone yet. He hasn't had time to think.

About 23 percent of voters turned out to vote, a light number but comparable to the 25 percent in the 2001 mayoral primary. The canvasing board meets Friday to review roughly 45 provisional ballots and certify the results.

The voting went smooth, and final unofficial results were complete before 9 p.m. -- early enough for Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark and other officials to catch part of the Rays baseball game.

"Wonderful," Clark said of voting. "I think we planned well. Pollworkers were trained well."

The results:

Bill Foster, 27%

Kathleen Ford, 25.7%

Deveron Gibbons, 19.5%

Scott Wagman, 15%

Larry Williams, 5.8%

Jamie Bennett, 3.8%

Ed Helm, 1.6%

John Warren, 0.72%

Paul Congemi & Richard Eldridge, 0.33%

City Council, District 4

Leslie Curran, 72.6%

Jason Diviki, 11.1%

Pamella Settlegoode, 16.3%

City Council, District 5

Steve Kornell, 48.7%

Angela Rouson, 32%

Joe Smith, 19.5%

City Council, District 6

Karl Nurse, 62.4%

Vel Thompson, 28.8%

Derrick Frohne, 8.8%

UPDATE

With 101 of 115 precincts reporting, Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford are headed for the November election. There's 35,227 votes in.

Bill Foster, 27.1%

Kathleen Ford, 26.1%

Deveron Gibbons, 18.9%

Scott Wagman, 15.1%

Larry Williams, 5.8%

Jamie Bennett, 3.9%

Ed Helm, 1.6%

John Warren, 0.7%

Paul Congemi & Richard Eldridge, 0.34%

City Council, District 4

Leslie Curran, 72.6%

Jason Diviki, 11.5%

Pamella Settlegoode, 16.3%

City Council, District 5

Steve Kornell, 48.99%

Angela Rouson, 31.6%

Joe Smith, 19.3%

City Council, District 6

Karl Nurse, 62.4%

Vel Thompson, 28.4%

Derrick Frohne, 9%


UPDATE

With 101 of 115 precincts reporting, Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford are headed for the November election. There's 35,227 votes in.

Bill Foster, 27.1%

Kathleen Ford, 26.1%

Deveron Gibbons, 18.9%

Scott Wagman, 15.1%

Larry Williams, 5.8%

Jamie Bennett, 3.9%

Ed Helm, 1.6%

John Warren, 0.7%

Paul Congemi & Richard Eldridge, 0.34%

City Council, District 4

Leslie Curran, 72.6%

Jason Diviki, 11.5%

Pamella Settlegoode, 16.3%

City Council, District 5

Steve Kornell, 48.99%

Angela Rouson, 31.6%

Joe Smith, 19.3%

City Council, District 6

Karl Nurse, 62.4%

Vel Thompson, 28.4%

Derrick Frohne, 9%


UPDATE

With 84 of 115 precincts reporting, Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford are clearly ahead as 31,968 votes are counted.

Bill Foster, 27.8%

Kathleen Ford, 26.8%

Deveron Gibbons, 17.5%

Scott Wagman, 15.1%

Larry Williams, 5.9%

Jamie Bennett, 3.9%

Ed Helm, 1.6%

John Warren, 0.8%

Paul Congemi & Richard Eldridge, 0.4%

City Council, District 4

Leslie Curran, 72%

Jason Diviki, 11.5%

Pamella Settlegoode, 16.6%

City Council, District 5

Steve Kornell, 53%

Angela Rouson, 29%

Joe Smith, 18%

City Council, District 6

Karl Nurse, 61%

Vel Thompson, 29.6%

Derrick Frohne, 9%


FIRST RETURNS

Early election results show Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford virtually tied in the race for mayor. The top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 3 general election.

The results of the 19,682 mail ballots counted so far:

Bill Foster, 27.42%

Kathleen Ford, 27.35%

Deveron Gibbons, 17.3%

Scott Wagman, 14.3%

Larry Williams, 5.6%

Jamie Bennett, 4.6%

Ed Helm, 1.6%

John Warren, 0.9%

Paul Congemi & Richard Eldridge, 0.4%

City Council, District 4

Leslie Curran, 73.8&

Jason Dviki, 9.6%

Pamella Settlegoode, 16.5%

City Council, District 5

Steve Kornell, 55.2%

Angela Rouson, 29%

Joe Smith, 16.8%

City Council, District 6

Karl Nurse, 59.5%

Vel Thompson, 30.9%

Derrick Frohne, 9.6%

The Bay Buzz will be updating election returns as they come in tonight for the St. Petersburg mayoral primary.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:06pm]

    

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