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St. Petersburg mayor's race

  1. Manhattan Casino controversy resumes after taking a break for Irma

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.

    The old neon sign for Sylvia's soul food resturant in 2013. The restaurant closed in 2016, leaving the historic Manhattan Casino empty. Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice of a "Floribbean" restaurant concept to fill the city-owned building is still being criticized by some Midtown leaders and has become a campaign issue in the mayoral election against former Mayor Rick Baker. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times]
  2. Rick vs. Rick vs. Irma: How to run for mayor during a hurricane


    ST. PETERSBURG— As the city recovers after spending two weeks dealing with Hurricane Irma, the campaigns of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker are slowly ramping back up.

    (Left) Delores Green and mayoral candidate Rick Baker smile as they look at a selfie that Green took at a food truck food giveaway while Baker helped register residents for federal assistance after Hurrican Irma [LAURA CERRI    Times] (Right) St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman discusses the state of the city after the storm passed on Sept. 12. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times] [Times photo composite]

  3. What campaigning? Jameis Winston joins Rick Baker's Irma event


    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman have insisted this week that after Hurricane Irma they’ve put politics on hold in their contentious race for mayor.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy, left, Rev. Wayne Thompson of First Baptist Institutional Church, St Petersburg, center, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, serve free pulled pork sandwiches at a food truck giveaway at Rick Baker's disaster assistance registration center on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
  4. Hurricane Irma leaves St. Pete mayor's race on hold -- for now


    ST. PETERSBURG — Remember the battle of the two Ricks? Something may have interrupted that. But it’ll be back.

    Irma disrupted the St. Pete mayoral race. When will it resume?
  5. Cheer up, Rick Baker. This race isn't over yet


    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker wasn't the most lovable candidate when he was winning the mayor's race. In his first campaign speech, he sourly cast St. Petersburg as a disaster zone under Mayor Rick Kriseman, and in their only televised debate, he smugly declared, "I just don't like" Kriseman.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, making a political comeback in this year's mayoral primary, appeared at his election watch party at the StayBridge Suites after Tuesday's primary. He will face incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman in the Nov. 7 runoff. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  6. September debates scheduled for Rick v. Rick and City Council candidates


    Rick v. Rick 2.0 has its first match scheduled.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker will face off on Sept. 26 in a League of Women Voters-moderated forum
  7. In St. Petersburg's battle of the Ricks, past is prologue


    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman's narrow victory in Tuesday's primary energized his base and handed him momentum in the race after trailing in the polls and fundraising.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman hugs William Darling after speaking at his rally at the Coliseum after Tuesday's primary. Kriseman earned a narrow win and will again face incumbent Mayor Rick Baker in the Nov. 7 runoff. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  8. Unpacking the primary: Where did Kriseman and Baker get votes -- and where can they get more?


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rick vs. Rick showdown in Tuesday's mayoral primary was even closer than anticipated. Just 69 votes separated incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker, and neither candidate broke 50 percent.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker were separated by just 69 votes in the primary Tuesday. Now they take their battle to lead St. Petersburg into the Nov. 7 general election. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. St. Pete Mayor's Race: The day after


    Mayor Rick Kriseman’s narrow victory in Tuesday’s primary has definitely given the mayor a boost.

    Last night's primary was a dead heat. What happens next?
  10. St. Pete will vote on more than just mayor in November


    ST. PETERSRBURG — The most expensive — and perhaps the most contentious — mayoral race in city history is headed to a runoff.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage from the city's overwhelmed sewer system. The Penny for Pinellas will help fund repairs to the city's sewage system, and that 1-cent sales tax is up for renewal on the November ballot. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  11. Big money brings in few extra voters in St. Pete primary


    ST. PETERSBURG — The amount of cash raised and spent leading up to Tuesday's mayoral primary by the top two candidates was staggering, and the race isn't even over yet.

    But what has all that dough bought them?

    A map of which precincts went for incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker in Tuesday night's primary, which ended in a near draw. The two candidates will face each other in the Nov. 7 runoff.
  12. St. Pete mayoral primary: Kriseman, Baker headed to runoff


    ST. PETERSBURG— Despite trailing in the polls and fundraising throughout the summer, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman made it a very tight race against former Mayor Rick Baker in Tuesday night's mayoral primary.

    Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman (left) will face former Mayor Rick Baker (right) in the Nov. 7 runoff for St. Petersburg mayor [Times Photo Composite  |  Cherie Diez, Eve Edelheit]
  13. St. Pete has small sewage spill on eve of mayoral election


    ST. PETERSBURG — The city experienced a minor sewage spill the night before Tuesday’s hotly-contested mayoral primary.

    A small sewage spill occurred Monday night at the Southwest plant. A city spokesman originally said Tuesday that city hadn't received any reports of spills on social media. He later said he wasn't aware of spill until contacted by the Tampa Bay Times.
  14. Primary election: Time for St. Petersburg voters to hit the polls


    ST. PETERSBURG— The city's historic primary is finally here.

     Voters line up to vote at 7am as the polls opened in St. Petersburg at the Coliseum Ballroom.