ST. PETERSBURG — A day after the St. Petersburg Times reported that a City Council member and candidate for mayor was passing out tickets to the city's Tropicana Field suite via his campaign manager, a rival candidate has proposed a change to city policy.
Bill Foster, a former City Council member, said the city should give the use of its suite to local nonprofit groups. Those groups could then raffle off the premium seats for fundraising purposes.
"This would cost the taxpayers nothing but would greatly benefit nonprofit agencies during these economic times," Foster said.
Mayoral candidates, including Foster, questioned City Council member Jamie Bennett this week for distributing tickets to the taxpayer-funded suite through his volunteer campaign manager, Peter Schorsch.
Council members are granted use of the suite and often distribute tickets to neighborhood and civic leaders. But typically, arrangements are made through the City Council office. Candidates are prohibited from using taxpayer resources to specifically benefit their campaign.