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John Romano: With Kathleen Ford in, Rick Kriseman's run for mayor doesn't get any easier



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes:

The race for the next mayor of St. Petersburg just got more interesting.

Also potentially more expensive, complicated, contentious and humorous.

But for now we'll stick with interesting.

Twelve years, seven months and two weeks after announcing her first attempt at the mayor's office, Kathleen Ford has once again dusted off the resume.

She wasn't very specific about her plans on Monday, but sequels are rarely driven by their details. So you might assume Ford's message will sound vaguely familiar.

City Hall establishment?

Shake it up.

Mayor Bill Foster?

Shove him out.

Sounds simple enough, but this was also territory that former City Council member and state House representative Rick Kriseman was expected to explore.

Kriseman may not approach life or campaigns with Ford's antipathy or bluntness, but the anti-Foster crowd would be a natural audience for him to court.

"This is a heavy blow to Rick Kriseman," said Scott Wagman, who ran fourth behind Foster, Ford and Deveron Gibbons in the 2009 primary. "An awful lot of Kathleen's people would have naturally gravitated toward Rick."

Read Romano's complete column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:01am]


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