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2150889 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-11-05 16:35:39.0 UTC 2013-11-05T11:35:39.000-05:00 at-polls-south-of-st-petersburgs-central-avenue-voters-say-they-support published 2013-11-05 23:47:38.0 UTC 2013-11-05T18:47:38.000-05:00 news/localgovernment DTI 113695973 ST. PETERSBURG — Neighborhoods south of Central Avenue, which include the struggling, predominantly African-American Midtown area, are expected to play an important role in selecting the city's next mayor. So it was not surprising that in the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church parking lot Tuesday, in the diverse Greater Pinellas Point community, two rival groups were handing out fliers supporting their candidates. On one side were three men in yellow Police Benevolent Association T-shirts supporting Mayor Bill Foster. On the other were a couple of women and a man from the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club touting Rick Kriseman. Mary A. Saunders, 84, didn't need any prodding. "I thought I voted for the best candidate," Saunders, a retired New York City teacher, said as she left the polls. "I think Rick Kriseman is going to do a better job for the people who live in the Midtown area." She recounted a meeting with Foster, who she said was receptive on the phone when she and others asked to meet with him. But in person, when the residents pitched their idea for a food co-op, she said he seemed dismissive. "I was so angry," she said. On the other side of town, Cary Thomas Rahall couldn't praise Foster enough. "I've known him all my life. He's a man of dignity and integrity and I trust him," said Rahall, 52, who had just voted at the Coliseum. "He's got a plan and I trust he'll carry it out." Shortly before polls closed at 7 p.m., the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office estimated Election Day turnout in the city at about 12 percent, based on selected sample precincts. Irene Elsner, 73, also voted at the Coliseum, but backed Kriseman. "He's the only one that stood up for the Rays staying in town and he told me some of his ideas for transportation for getting people to go to the games," she said. "I just don't like Foster. I don't think he particularly listens to people." Maria Dianic, 81, a retired nurse, voted at Pinewood Co-op across from Derby Lane, but spoke with a Tampa Bay Times reporter in the parking lot of her church, St. Raphael's, on Snell Isle, where she was volunteering. "I voted for Mr. Foster. I think he's a good mayor," she said. "I think, personally, what I've seen, he likes people. He's not controversial. He's a mild mannered person," she said, adding that she hopes the closing of the Pier will not have a negative effect on his bid for reelection. At the St. Petersburg City Theatre polling place in Lakewood Estates, John Barfield voted for Kriseman. "I feel he is more receptive to us local middle-class people and he listens. He is very friendly and approachable," said Barfield, 53, a St. Petersburg firefighter for the past 29 years. Barfield said his firefighters union had endorsed Foster without consulting the rank and file. "They went with the status quo," he said. In Midtown, Pamela Wooden-Crum, 49, cast her vote at Christ Gospel Church on 22nd Avenue S. Her choice for mayor was Kriseman. "I listened to a lot of things he said. He is positive and he's for the people," she said. Yolanda Williams said she voted for Kriseman "because I don't like Bill Foster. He's only working for white people and the rich people." Williams, 49, a student at St. Petersburg College, voted at Mount Zion AME Church on 16th Street S. She criticized Foster for "not doing anything to help our community, especially African-Americans and Latinos, anybody of color." Further, she said, she heard her pastor, the Rev. Louis Murphy, endorse Kriseman on the radio. For Nancy Knowles, 65, it's "time for a change," she said as she left the Wildwood Recreation Center. She hopes Kriseman will clean up the community, she said, adding that there are many things that are more important than the renovated Manhattan Casino and the Pier. "There's a lot that needs to be done," she said. Leaving a polling place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Old Northeast, Joan Raskin, 76, said she liked some of what Foster has done. However, she has heard negative things about him from friends, "about his antediluvian beliefs, his old beliefs, that make me reluctant to vote for him again." "I'm hoping that Kriseman can do better. I'm hoping he will be farsighted," the retired teacher said. Outside Sunken Gardens on Fourth Street N, District 2 City Council candidate Lorraine Margeson handed out fliers alongside Bonnie Sklaren, who was offering a sheet with Stonewall PAC endorsements. Kriseman was one of the candidates "who embody our values of safety, equality, and social justice," her fliers said. At lunchtime, voting was slow at the historic gardens, with Richard Wall, 47, one of the few voters. He voted for Kriseman, but "I really can't tell you why," said Wall, who owns a construction company. Wall said he likes a lot of the things Foster stands for but wanted "to go in a slightly different direction ... a change of scenery, I guess." Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283. By Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer News, Local Government, Breaking-news, top-news, top-nav, pinellas Voters go to the polls to pick St. Petersburg mayor WMOOREN dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz St. Petersburg spvote110613.web 6 St Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman and his wife Kerry (back to camera), daughter Jordan, 16, far left, son Samuel,10, and guide-dog-in-training Petey talk to a poll worker while voting at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 6315 Central Ave., on Election Day. /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432261145_11862754.jpg CHERIE DIEZ | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261145_11862754_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261145_11862754_8col.jpg 7 After voting, St Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman, his wife, Kerry, daughter Jordan, 16, far right, and son Samuel,10, leave Pilgrim Congregational Church, 6315 Central Ave., on Election Day. /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432261441_11863119.jpg CHERIE DIEZ | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261441_11863119_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261441_11863119_8col.jpg 8 After voting with his family, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman and guide-dog-in-training Petey leave Pilgrim Congregational Church, 6315 Central Ave., on Election Day. /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432261405_11863092.jpg CHERIE DIEZ | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261405_11863092_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432261405_11863092_8col.jpg 9 Polls opened at 7 a.m. across St. Petersburg on Tuesday morning, including this voting location at Pilgrim Congregational Church on Central Avenue. /resources/images/dti/2013/11/01WEB_spvote110613_11862250.jpg CHERIE DIEZ | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/01WEB_spvote110613_11862250_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/01WEB_spvote110613_11862250_8col.jpg 5 St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster shares a photo of his daughter with Al Hill of St. Petersburg while at lunch with staffers and friends Tuesday at Kissin' Cuzzins Restaurant. /resources/images/dti/2013/11/02WEB_spvote110613_11864052.jpg CHERIE DIEZ | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/02WEB_spvote110613_11864052_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/02WEB_spvote110613_11864052_8col.jpg 3 /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432262545_11864314.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432262545_11864314_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432262545_11864314_8col.jpg 5 /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432262534_11864285.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432262534_11864285_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432262534_11864285_8col.jpg 7 /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432263347_11865185.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432263347_11865185_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432263347_11865185_8col.jpg 8 /resources/images/dti/2013/11/0432263797_11865729.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432263797_11865729_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/11/0432263797_11865729_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/11/05/113695973-at-polls-south-of-st-petersburgs-central-avenue-voters-say-they-support StaffArticle news,local governmentLocal GovernmentST. PETERSBURG — Neighborhoods south of Central Avenue, which include the struggling, predominantly African-American Midtown area, are expected to play an important role in selecting the city's next mayor.News, Local Government, Breaking-news, top-news, top-nav, pinellasNews, Local Government, Breaking-news, top-news, top-nav, pinellasWaveney Ann Moore 380267 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:32:05.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:05.000-04:00 waveney-ann-moore published Waveney Ann Moore <p>Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.</p><p>She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for <a href="http://web.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna">"For Their Own Good,"</a> about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists.</p><p>Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A.</p><p>She's a former reporter for the <i>Kansas City Star</i>.</p><p>Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745042 Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists. Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. She's a former reporter for the Kansas City Star. Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen. <p>Phone: (727) 892-2283</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:wmoore@tampabay.com">wmoore@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Moore_Waveney_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745042-waveney-ann-moore AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:32:05.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:05.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">WAVENEY ANN MOORE</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2282873 2016-06-23 18:23:56.0 UTC 2 Months Ago st-pete-beach-mayor-resigns news/localgovernment St. Pete Beach mayor resigns StaffArticle 2275984 2016-05-05 01:11:55.0 UTC 4 Months Ago st-petersburg-mayor-rick-kriseman-shelves-plans-to-ask-voters-for news/growth St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman shelves plans to ask voters for permission to expand Al Lang StaffArticle 2284270 2016-07-06 01:45:07.0 UTC 2 Months Ago st-pete-beachs-mayoral-future-to-be-discussed-thursday news/politics/local St. Pete Beach's mayoral future to be discussed Thursday StaffArticle <p>ST. PETERSBURG — Neighborhoods south of Central Avenue, which include the struggling, predominantly African-American Midtown area, are expected to play an important role in selecting the city's next mayor.</p> <p>So it was not surprising that in the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church parking lot Tuesday, in the diverse Greater Pinellas Point community, two rival groups were handing out fliers supporting their candidates. On one side were three men in yellow Police Benevolent Association T-shirts supporting Mayor Bill Foster. On the other were a couple of women and a man from the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club touting Rick Kriseman.</p> <p>Mary A. Saunders, 84, didn't need any prodding.</p> <p>&quot;I thought I voted for the best candidate,&quot; Saunders, a retired New York City teacher, said as she left the polls. &quot;I think Rick Kriseman is going to do a better job for the people who live in the Midtown area.&quot; </p> <p>She recounted a meeting with Foster, who she said was receptive on the phone when she and others asked to meet with him. But in person, when the residents pitched their idea for a food co-op, she said he seemed dismissive.</p> <p>&quot;I was so angry,&quot; she said.</p> <p>On the other side of town, Cary Thomas Rahall couldn't praise Foster enough. </p> <p>&quot;I've known him all my life. He's a man of dignity and integrity and I trust him,&quot; said Rahall, 52, who had just voted at the Coliseum. &quot;He's got a plan and I trust he'll carry it out.&quot;</p> <p>Shortly before polls closed at 7 p.m., the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office estimated Election Day turnout in the city at about 12 percent, based on selected sample precincts. </p> <p>Irene Elsner, 73, also voted at the Coliseum, but backed Kriseman.</p> <p>&quot;He's the only one that stood up for the Rays staying in town and he told me some of his ideas for transportation for getting people to go to the games,&quot; she said. &quot;I just don't like Foster. I don't think he particularly listens to people.&quot;</p> <p>Maria Dianic, 81, a retired nurse, voted at Pinewood Co-op across from Derby Lane, but spoke with a <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> reporter in the parking lot of her church, St. Raphael's, on Snell Isle, where she was volunteering.</p> <p>&quot;I voted for Mr. Foster. I think he's a good mayor,&quot; she said. &quot;I think, personally, what I've seen, he likes people. He's not controversial. He's a mild mannered person,&quot; she said, adding that she hopes the closing of the Pier will not have a negative effect on his bid for reelection.</p> <p>At the St. Petersburg City Theatre polling place in Lakewood Estates, John Barfield voted for Kriseman.</p> <p>&quot;I feel he is more receptive to us local middle-class people and he listens. He is very friendly and approachable,&quot; said Barfield, 53, a St. Petersburg firefighter for the past 29 years. </p> <p>Barfield said his firefighters union had endorsed Foster without consulting the rank and file. </p> <p>&quot;They went with the status quo,&quot; he said.</p> <p>In Midtown, Pamela Wooden-Crum, 49, cast her vote at Christ Gospel Church on 22nd Avenue S. Her choice for mayor was Kriseman.</p> <p>&quot;I listened to a lot of things he said. He is positive and he's for the people,&quot; she said.</p> <p>Yolanda Williams said she voted for Kriseman &quot;because I don't like Bill Foster. He's only working for white people and the rich people.&quot; </p> <p>Williams, 49, a student at St. Petersburg College, voted at Mount Zion AME Church on 16th Street S. </p> <p>She criticized Foster for &quot;not doing anything to help our community, especially African-Americans and Latinos, anybody of color.&quot;</p> <p>Further, she said, she heard her pastor, the Rev. Louis Murphy, endorse Kriseman on the radio.</p> <p>For Nancy Knowles, 65, it's &quot;time for a change,&quot; she said as she left the Wildwood Recreation Center.</p> <p>She hopes Kriseman will clean up the community, she said, adding that there are many things that are more important than the renovated Manhattan Casino and the Pier.</p> <p>&quot;There's a lot that needs to be done,&quot; she said.</p> <p>Leaving a polling place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Old Northeast, Joan Raskin, 76, said she liked some of what Foster has done. However, she has heard negative things about him from friends, &quot;about his antediluvian beliefs, his old beliefs, that make me reluctant to vote for him again.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;I'm hoping that Kriseman can do better. I'm hoping he will be farsighted,&quot; the retired teacher said.</p> <p>Outside Sunken Gardens on Fourth Street N, District 2 City Council candidate Lorraine Margeson handed out fliers alongside Bonnie Sklaren, who was offering a sheet with Stonewall PAC endorsements. Kriseman was one of the candidates &quot;who embody our values of safety, equality, and social justice,&quot; her fliers said.</p> <p>At lunchtime, voting was slow at the historic gardens, with Richard Wall, 47, one of the few voters. He voted for Kriseman, but &quot;I really can't tell you why,&quot; said Wall, who owns a construction company.</p> <p>Wall said he likes a lot of the things Foster stands for but wanted &quot;to go in a slightly different direction ... a change of scenery, I guess.&quot;</p> <p><i>Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:44:45