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What's next for Mayor Baker?



Bakerr06tanfinal The calendar is not kind to Rick Baker's political future. The 50-year-old St. Petersburg mayor has three years left in his term, plenty of ambition, but no clear next step politically.

In a St. Pete Times/Bay News 9 Political Connections interview, covering everything from the future of the Devil Rays in St. Petersburg to talk of capping property taxes, Baker said he has no idea what he'll do next. He would be "very unlikely" to run for Congress should C.W. Bill Young retire, and might go back to law, or go into business, or continue in politics.

He doubted he'll ever enjoy any job as much as mayor.

"I'm a person of faith, and I believe if you pray about it, you leave it in the Lord's hands, you don't worry about it every time you get out of bed, you just do what you're supposed to be doing today, that when the time comes I'll know what it is I'm supposed to do," Baker said.

-- Adam C. Smith

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:42am]


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