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Get ready for endorsements in St. Petersburg's mayoral race



It’s election season in St. Petersburg. Let the endorsements begin.


Sixteen hours after the qualifying period ended, mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman announced an endorsement. Here is what his campaign said:


Two prominent LGBT advocacy organizations, Equality Florida and the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County, have endorsed Rick Kriseman’s campaign for mayor of St. Petersburg.

“I am proud to have the support of the LGBT community,” said Kriseman. “As mayor, I will ensure that St. Petersburg remains a city that values and celebrates diversity.”

The announcement comes on the week of the 11th Annual St. Pete Pride celebration, which is the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States. Kriseman is a longtime supporter of St. Pete Pride and served as a Grand Marshal in last year’s promenade.

“As a legislator and as a St Petersburg City Council member, Rick Kriseman has been a champion for equality,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith.

The mayoral election is onAugust 27, 2013.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:33am]


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