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Don't put District 4 council candidate Richard Eldridge into a box



ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg District 4 City Council candidate Richard Eldridge said he’s the kind of candidate who’s hard to categorize. “I don’t have a label, really,” he said.

On the one hand, he’s a pro-private enterprise candidate who thinks the best plan for the Pier would be to turn it over to a business like Disney that has experience running such attractions. That could be construed as a conservative position.

On the other hand, he favors curbside recycling throughout the city, even if it costs residents more, because it’s just “common decency” for people to clean up after themselves. That could be called a liberal position.

Eldridge made his comments Tuesday during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times' Editorial Board. Eldridge, 51, is a Marine Corps veteran with a degree in biology who works as a taxi driver. He is running against Carolyn Fries, David McKalip and Darden Rice.

On red light cameras: Eldridge called the cameras “tyrannical,” and said he’d like to have them removed as soon as possible.

On the Rays: As to renegotiating the Tampa Bay Rays lease on Tropicana Field, he said the city already has a contract that keeps the team in St. Petersburg for years, so “I’m not going to fight a battle we’ve already won.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:47pm]


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