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Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, won't seek re-election



Democratic state Rep. Rick Kriseman announced today that he won’t seek re-election to his District 53 seat so he can focus on his law practice and his family.

Kriseman, a former St. Petersburg City Council member who first was elected to the state House in 2006, said he will take the next few months to consider whether he will seek public office again, including a possible run for mayor of St. Petersburg.

“I’ve been in office for 12 years, the last six in Tallahassee, and it’s been extremely challenging and frustrating being up there fighting a system that I think is broken,” said Kriseman. “It’s time to come home and focus on my family and law practice and figure out what is next for me in politics.”

That could include the state Senate, the Pinellas County Commission, the U.S. Congress or St. Petersburg mayor.

Now occupied by Bill Foster, the mayor’s job comes up for re-election next year, the timing of which makes it most likely that it would be the next office that Kriseman would consider.

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-- Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:30am]


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