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Richard Corcoran collects enough petitions for 2010 race

House District 45 candidate Richard Corcoran announced Monday that he had collected 1,025 certified signatures -- enough to qualify by petition for the race.

Corcoran said in a statement that he and over 30 volunteers collected the petitions starting in mid-June. Last week, the petitions were certified by the Pasco and Pinellas Supervisor of Elections offices. He said he is the first candidate in the state to collect the number of certified petitions needed to qualify.

Corcoran faces two other Republicans ? Pasco school board member Kathryn Starkey and Clearwater businessman Fabian Calvo ? in the August primary. Corcoran, a lawyer for Pasco Sheriff Bob White, and Starkey have been running neck and neck in fundraising for the seat.

"I'm so grateful to the many friends and supporters who came out on Saturday mornings and during the week to help us in this endeavor, and I'm extremely proud we did it the old-fashioned way -- door to door. Rather than doing a mass mailing, we were able to connect face to face with voters all over the district, knocking on over 4000 doors in 4 months," Corcoran said.

--Jodie Tillman, Times Staff Writer

Posted by tampabaycom at 07:29:45 PM on September 21, 2009

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Ken Burke endorses Angela Rouson

ST. PETERSBURG -- She's already endorsed by Mayor Rick Baker, Pinellas County Commissioners John Morroni and Ken Welch, the Pinellas County Realtor Organization, the St. Petersburg Fire Firefighters Union and State Representatives Janet Long and Bill Heller.

But if you had any lingering doubts about whether City Council candidate Angela Rouson is favored by local leaders, check out her campaign's press release below:

Angela Rouson is proud to announce her endorsement from the Clerk of the Court, Ken Burke.

Mr. Ken Burke explains, "Angela Rouson knows St. Petersburg. She listens, she thinks and she leads. As a mother of five sons, she has management skills most business people would envy. She's taken her experience on the Pinellas Housing Authority and blended it with her warmth and compassion to become the perfect choice for the St. Petersburg City Council."

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

Posted by tampabaycom at 06:07:41 PM on September 21, 2009

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Goliath Davis endorses Bill Foster for mayor

There was some confusion over whether deputy mayor and former police chief Goliath Davis had endorsed

Bill Foster last week when Deveron Gibbons did. Well, he did, which is no big surprise considering the past history between Davis and Kathleen Ford (See here: or here: or here: Of course, Davis does not exactly sound like a guy gushing with passion for Foster, who also had clashed with Davis as a City Council member.

"I've had an opportunity to work with both of the candidates, and I think that (Foster) will probably be the one with the best opportunity to move the city forward,'' Davis said.

Adam Smith, Times Political Editor

Posted by Times Editor at 04:11:08 PM on September 21, 2009

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidates face uphill battle in winning the black vote

ST. PETERSBURG - The windows at Atwater's Cafeteria are papered with red and blue campaign signs from candidates hoping to bolster their name recognition among patrons at the popular Midtown political lunch stop.

Noticeably absent: Signs belonging to St. Petersburg's two mayoral candidates.

With less than two months until the Nov. 3 general election, Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford have made few inroads into the city's black neighborhoods. Voters there overwhelmingly ignored their candidacies during the primary, and few black community leaders have made endorsements in the race.

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Posted by Times Editor at 10:14:30 AM on September 21, 2009

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Jeff Danner's campaign ad

Posted by Times Editor at 10:11:09 AM on September 21, 2009