Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Ballot set for St. Petersburg mayor and council races

ST. PETERSBURG — The yard signs are out. Stump speeches are ready. Jabs have been tossed on the campaign trail.

It became official at 5 p.m. Monday — city election season is here.

Five mayoral candidates qualified by the deadline for the Aug. 27 primary, half as many as in 2009. The top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan primary will face off in the Nov. 5 general election.

No last-minute game changers filed paperwork Monday.

The major candidates — all City Hall insiders and well-versed in St. Petersburg politics — announced their campaign months ago. They have been knocking on doors for weeks.

Candidates seeking the city's top job, include Mayor Bill Foster, 50, a former City Council member and lawyer going for his second term; Rick Kriseman, 50, a former council member and former state lawmaker; Kathleen Ford, 55, a former council member and lawyer; homeless advocate Paul Congemi, 56; and Anthony Cates, 23, a salesman.

Ford is in the race for the third time. Congemi won 0.3 percent of the vote in 2009.

To qualify for the ballot, candidates must have lived in the city at least a year, form a fundraising committee, pay a nearly $1,600 state election fee and submit a petition of 1,000 registered voter signatures (or pay a $250 fee). The mayor's annual salary is $158,000.

Congemi and Cates claimed the $1,600 state assessment was an undue burden and didn't have to pay the fee.

Residents also will vote in four of the city's eight council seats. Three seats have races on the primary ballot.

District 4 candidates are: David McKalip, 47, a neurosurgeon; Darden Rice, 43, a community organizer; Carolyn Fries, 45, a technology entrepreneur; and Richard Eldridge, 51, a taxi driver.

The winner will replace Leslie Curran, who faces term limits.

District 8 candidates are: Amy Foster, 35, a program manager for a Seattle-based nonprofit; Robert Davis, 53, a library assistant; Alex Duensing, 39, a consultant; and Steve Galvin, 55, who records music for the toy industry.

The winner will replace Jeff Danner, who also faces term limits.

In the District 6 race, council chairman Karl Nurse, 58, a business owner, will face Sharon Russ, 52, a city activist, and Trevor Mallory, 41, who is self-employed.

One race will hit the ballot box in November.

In the District 2 race, council member Jim Kennedy, 56, a lawyer, will face activist Lorraine Margeson, 56, one leader of Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg. The group worked to get a referendum on the August ballot so residents can decide the fate of the Lens.

Council members earn $38,000.

Mark Puente can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8459. Follow him at Twitter at twitter.com/markpuente.

Comments

Missing Child Alert canceled for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for a 17-year-old Port St. Lucie girl who was last seen on Thursday.The case involving Heaven Flores has been resolved, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Being your own lawyer: bad idea. People in Tampa Bay do it anyway.

Being your own lawyer: bad idea. People in Tampa Bay do it anyway.

LARGO — Daniel Richards walked into the courtroom in his orange jail scrubs. Carrying a stack of papers, he stood in front of Pinellas Circuit judge Chris Helinger as she glanced at the handwritten documents he filed days earlier."I foresee foul play...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether Dirk Koetter is fighting for his job the final three weeks of season. Is there a rift between him and Jameis Winston? Has Winston shown enough progress this year? And who are the Glaz...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, later found in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, later found in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men, with several outstanding warrants, face additional charges after Hillsborough County deputies said they were driving a stolen car when they fled an attempted traffic stop on Thursday afternoon.The men ran away from deputie...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hudson pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19

HUDSON — A Hudson man was killed Thursday night while crossing U.S. 19.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Gerald Berube was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 north of Stahl Drive around 6:40 p.m. when he walked into the path ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

Early clouds and possible morning sprinkles will yield to increasing sunshine later in the day, setting the stage for a pleasant and warmer weekend across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Temperatures are starti...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Bicyclist killed in Seminole Heights crash; portion of E Hillsborough Avenue closed

TAMPA — A bicyclist was killed early Friday morning in a crash in Seminole Heights.Tampa Police say the bicyclist was struck by a car just after 12:15 a.m.Eastbound E Hillsborough Avenue is closed from N Florida Avenue to N Central Avenue while polic...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Daystarter: Focus on free speech in colleges; Rays trades may still be coming; Katy Perry tonight in Tampa; remembering ‘The Fight Doctor’

The Daystarter: Focus on free speech in colleges; Rays trades may still be coming; Katy Perry tonight in Tampa; remembering ‘The Fight Doctor’

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• A stray shower is possible today as another cold front moves through, according to 10Weather WTSP. Luckily, the front only depresses temperatures into the lower 70s. The week...
Updated: 3 hours ago
St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, under construction since 2015, is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2019.The five-story, 137,100-square-foot building will house businessman and collector Rudy Ciccarello’s...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

TAMPA — The speakers at Dr. Ferdie Pacheco’s memorial on Thursday evening were asked to keep their remarks to under 10 minutes, and to refrain from using profanity.They all thought that was pretty funny, of course."Like Ferdie ever spoke for less tha...
Updated: 11 hours ago