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Montanari on the mend



St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari is doing well post-heart surgery, reports his friend, former mayor Rick Baker.

Montanari, 57, traveled to the renowned Cleveland Clinic for surgery on Feb. 23. He is expected to miss a few months while he recovers. 

The surgery went well and there weren't any complications, Baker said.

Baker relayed the good news at a surprise 90th birthday party for former mayor Don Jones at City Hall. All the city's living mayors were in attendance, including current Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayors Bill Foster, David Fischer and Bob Ulrich. 

Jones served as mayor between 1967 and 1969. But his two-year term was significant, said Kriseman chief of staff Kevin King. 

Jones was in office when the Million Dollar Pier was demolished and sanitation workers went on strike in 1968. He was instrumental in desegregation efforts and "emerged as a voice of equality" during that tumultous time, according to a proclamation that declared this Saturday, Feb. 27 to be Mayor Don Jones Day.

Baker may have been in attendance to honor a nonagenerian former politician, but his own political career is still the subject of intense local interest. Will he run for congress in the 13th District?

"I'm still strongly considering it," Baker said, adding that he didn't have a timetable for a decision. 

[Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:23pm]


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