Your guide to tonight's St. Petersburg mayoral candidates debate
St. Petersburg's 10 candidates for mayor will assemble for one of the final times before the Sept. 1 primary at 7 tonight for a televised forum sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9. With so many voters still undecided, the stakes could not be higher. Here are some things to watch for:
Without a solid front-runner, will anyone stand out? A candidate has yet to truly distinguish himself or herself as the obvious successor to Mayor Rick Baker. Many candidates are complimentary of Baker and promise to continue many of his initiatives. But it's hard to say you're for the status quo and stand out as an innovator. By the same token, according to a recent Times poll, many voters say they think the city is on the right track. Will someone like attorney Kathleen Ford or retired attorney Ed Helm, who have criticized the Baker administration, openly advocate for changing the Baker way?
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