St. Petersburg City Council candidate moves in order to seek office
Neurosurgeon, blogger and City Council candidate David Mckalip is on the move.
McKalip announced last week he is selling his home in order to run for office. The city’s Redistricting Commission redrew council boundaries and it’s likely McKalip will be forced off the ballot in District 4 because he no longer lives in the district. (The council hasn’t approved the commission’s recommendations, but approval at the March 21 public hearing will require only one yes vote.)
To counter that, McKalip listed his home for sale and already took up residence a few blocks away.
Candidates can qualify for office by ensuring they have continuous residence in the old and the new district over 12 months prior to the primary, according to an opinion by Chief Assistant Attorney Mark Winn.
Mckalip believes the commission redrew boundaries to protect incumbents. Leslie Curran is currently the District 4 council representative but can’t run again because of term limits.
A potential opponent, Darden Rice, president of the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg, also is considering moving in order to run in the newly redrawn district.