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Wagman makes 5 vying for St. Pete mayor



After months of rumors, businessman and philanthropist Scott Wagman has made it official: He wants to be St. Petersburg's next mayor.

Wagman "What I’m doing is a quiet campaign. The weakness in my campaign is name recognition, so if people can tell their friends about me, that's great," he said.

Wagman, 55, said he has no political ambition other than to help St. Petersburg move forward. "Nobody that I have heard that is running comes close to my business experience and my organizational experience," he said.

Wagman joins a growing list of candidates running in the 2009 mayoral race, including City Council Chairman Jamie Bennett, Amscott Financial executive Deveron Gibbons, construction worker Paul Congemi and attorney Bill Foster. Mayor Rick Baker is term limited. 

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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