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St. Petersburg mayor's race draws more endorsements




St. Petersburg mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman is collecting endorsements.

The former council member and state legislator announced that a bipartisan group of politicians have lined up behind him.

Democrats include former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Largo Mayor Pat Gerard. Republicans include former state Sen. Paula Dockery and Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala.

“Rick Kriseman is a leader who will ensure that all voices of St. Petersburg are heard as important decisions are made about the future growth of this special and unique Florida city,” Sink said in press release.

It’s unclear how much Dockery’s endorsement will help. She represented voters in Lakeland.

The back slapping and praising might look good in press releases and on Facebook and Twitter. But the real endorsement comes when voters cast ballots in the Aug. 27 primary elections.

Kriseman stressed the importance of bipartisan support.

 “The job of mayor requires working with anyone who can help move our community forward, regardless of what political party they belong to,” he said.

Off the heels of a cash grab in Tallahassee earlier this month, Kriseman will hold a fundraiser Thursday evening at Beak’s on Central Avenue.

Besides Kriseman, Mayor Bill Foster and perennial candidate Paul Congemi are in the race. Others are expected to enter.


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:25pm]


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