ST. PETERSBURG — State Sen. Jeff Brandes wants to make one thing clear: He's not interested in Mayor Rick Kriseman's job.
Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, has been rumored to be one of several Republicans, including former mayor Rick Baker, mulling a race against Kriseman, whose administration has been buffeted recently by a sewage crisis after nearly 200 million gallons have been dumped or spilled into local waterways in the past 13 months.
Last week, Brandes said he had asked Kriseman if he needed state help after last August's initial spills, but the mayor had been focused on a ferry project linking St. Petersburg with Tampa.
Kriseman said the city had already secured funding sources for expanding the Southwest plant, where those spills had occurred. He said he looked forward to working with Brandes on sewage issues in the future.
Brandes told the Tampa Bay Times that he isn't interested in running for mayor. He can serve in the state senate until 2022 and has plenty of goals left to accomplish, he said.
"I'm not running for mayor in 2017," Brandes said.