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Wagman, Bennett pick up endorsements in St. Pete mayoral race



ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayoral hopefuls Scott Wagman and Jamie Bennett both announced endorsements from local elected officials this month.

St. Pete Beach Mayor Mike Finnerty has endorsed Bennett. Yawn.

Bennett, who has served on the City Council since 2001, has not had much luck getting other elected officials on his team. We can't imagine that Finnerty's endorsement is going to help attract a gaggle of new supporters. 

Meanwhile, State Rep. Bill Heller has endorsed Wagman. Yes, again.

Heller, D-St. Petersburg, has been on Wagman's team since Day One. So why did the Wagman campaign wait until this week to announce an official endorsement? Was Heller holding out?

"We hadn't put anything out there officially," explained Mitch Kates, a consultant for Wagman's campaign.

Kates said the campaign wanted Heller to explain his endorsement. Check out the video on Wagman's Web site.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:50am]


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