Kriseman endorses USF St. Pete professor in state senate race
ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman made his first endorsement of this year's legislative election season, saying he supports University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Judithanne McLauchlan for the Senate District 22 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Brandes.
The mayor and McLauchlan held a press conference Friday morning at Demens Landing park downtown.
McLauchlan, a Democrat who lives in Madeira Beach and teaches political science at the college, has never run for office before. In a statement, Kriseman called her a champion for the middle class.
Brandes has represented the 22nd district, which encompasses parts of south Pinellas, the beaches, and south Tampa, since 2012. He served in the state house for two years before that.
Neither faces a primary challenge.