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On St. Petersburg's campaign trail



The races are taking off.

Some of the candidates running for mayor and the council are beating the path for votes and money. Here’s a roundup from last week


Mayor Bill Foster isn’t campaigning and says he is too busy running the city. He expects to kick it in high gear next month.

Candidate Rick Kriseman held a fundraiser at Beak’s Old Florida, which reportedly drew about 50 people. First quarter campaign reports are due soon. We’ll see how much cash he grabbed at the event and at an earlier event in Tallahassee.

City Council District 2

Buzz could not catch up with council member Jim Kennedy.

City Council District 4

The battle for Leslie Curran’s seat is heating up.

Dr. David McKalip decided he isn’t suing the city over the way the Redistricting Commission drew new boundaries for the council districts. Buzz doesn’t know of any fundraisers he held last week. The neurosurgeon, however, could probably fund his campaign with his wallet.

Darden Rice held a fundraiser Sunday afternoon for her “St. Pete Strong” campaign. Facebook pictures show about 50 people at the event.

City Council District 6

Sharon Russ spoke at the City Council meeting on Thursday. She doesn’t know if she will fully compete for the seat against council member Karl Nurse.

City Council District 8

The battle for Jeff Danner’s seat is underway by two political unknowns.

Bill Hurley has put a lot of chatter on Facebook about walking neighborhoods and meeting people. He says he opposes red light cameras and allowing residents to vote on the fate of the Pier. Both issues could play a vital role in the election.

His campaign’s Facebook page said a big announcement would come last week, but the post eventually disappeared.

Alex Duensing has been active on his campaign’s Facebook page. He hasn’t mentioned fundraisers, but he said he visits local business to spend cash whenever he can. To promote his campaign, he likely won’t need much money since he plans to use recycled material found in alleys.

[Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:36am]


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