Newcomer to District 4 race: Richard Eldridge
ST. PETERSBURG -- Richard Eldridge, who jumped into the already-crowded 4th District Council race this week, said he’s running because he thinks it’s his civic responsibility to get involved and do his part to make things better.
“The city as a whole is doing OK,” said Eldridge, adding that he’s not the kind of candidate “who gets out there and says 'take our city back.' "
He is running against Carolyn Fries, David McKalip and Darden Rice. Eldrige, 51, works as a taxi driver and received his biology degree from the University of South Florida. He was among 10 candidates who ran for mayor in 2009.
Eldridge said he supports putting the new pier plan to a referendum so citizens can have say-so on that important project. He thinks the city should turn over the venue to a business such as Disney, Universal or Busch Gardens, so they could make money and bring more people to the area.
Eldridge lives in the Crescent Lake area, and said he has been in the same home since about 2008.
In other District 4 news, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner announced that he has endorsed Darden Rice in the District 4 City Council race.