No stumping this week for St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster
While fighting for his future as St. Petersburg mayor, Bill Foster is taking a short break from the campaign trail.
The hiatus ends after Labor Day. Foster told his army of backers to rest since he needs their “time, talents and support” to win the election.
“I’ll be getting back to you soon,” Foster wrote to his supporters. “The general election will be a hard fought battle so enjoy this much deserved week off.”
He added: “Thank you once again with all of my heart.”
Foster faces former City Council member Rick Kriseman in the Nov. 5 general election. Both men emerged victorious in Tuesday's primary race.
Kriseman’s camp tossed a jab at the incumbent.
"We are working hard to communicate Rick's vision of a St. Petersburg with more jobs, better schools and stronger neighborhoods," said campaign manager Cesar Fernandez. "We welcome Mr. Foster to take some time off. He;s going to need some time to figure out where he now stands on the big issues that face the city."
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Foster's campaign team is stressing that the mayor only asked his volunteers to take off. Campaign staffers will be working on strategies, said campaign manager Neil Allen.
Supporters have been canvassing the city every weekend since June. Foster wants them to enjoy the holiday weekend before the campaign intensifies next week, Allen said, adding: "We want them well rested. We're taking this seriously."