St. Petersburg general election social card
Richie Floyd and Jeff Danner’s race for city council is within recount range late Tuesday evening.
The Tampa Bay Times declares Ken Welch winner in St. Pete’s mayoral race, defeating Robert Blackmon to become the city’s first Black mayor.
Voters cast ballots for mayor and several City Council races, and weighed in on proposed changes to the city charter.
After months of debate, the St. Petersburg City Charter will remain largely unchanged.


  1. Clearwater City Council member Hoyt Hamilton talks about election decorum during Tuesday's work session.
  2. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi administers the House oath of office Tuesday to Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Fla. during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  3. Clearwater City Council member Kathleen Beckman talks to Porferio Deguznan at his home off Sunset Point Road while going door to door to encourage voter participation in the March 15 municipal election.
  4. Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, presents her parental consent abortion bill during a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee.
  5. Travis Flowers, 11, reacts with surprise Thursday after learning that he won an election for Melrose Elementary School fifth grade president in Natalie El Amrani’s class. The class also watched Melrose alumnus Ken Welch’s inauguration Thursday as St. Petersburg’s first Black mayor.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday that prioritizing tests for people most likely to suffer severe outcomes from COVID-19 is the best way to allocate resources during a spike in cases.
  7. Ken Welch is sworn in today as the city of St. Petersburg's 54th mayor. The swearing in is being conducted virtually from his home because he has tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. Incoming St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has hired (clockwise from top left) Stephanie Owens, Tom Greene, Doyle Walsh and Janelle Irwin Taylor as his top staff in City Hall.
  9. Mayor-elect Ken Welch poses on his Harley Davidson on 18th Street S, near Melrose Elementary School and his grandmother's house on December 30, 2021.
  10. Ben Frazier, the president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, confronts a DeSantis aide ahead of the governor's news conference in Jacksonville on Jan. 4, 2022.
  11. Mayor-elect Ken Welch will be sworn in from his Lakewood Estates home and will give a short speech in a virtual ceremony after testing positive for COVID-19.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  13. Ken Welch is seen during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Welch was declared the projected winner for St. Petersburg mayor.
  14. Images of people in power in the Tampa Bay area, arranged by White, shown with ivory background or Black, Hispanic or Asian, shown with green background.
  15. St. Petersburg City Council member Gina Driscoll, left, will serve as council chair and fellow member Brandi Gabbard, right, will be vice chair.
  16. The new State Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health Secretary Joe Ladapo, right, speaks at a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, in Kissimmee  on Sept. 22.
  17. In this Aug. 12 file photo, people sit in an outdoor dining area of a restaurant in the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages. Three voters from the Florida retirement community that's a GOP stronghold have been arrested on charges of voting more than once. The arrests come weeks after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a pledge to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes, despite there being little evidence of such in the Sunshine State.
  18. Tampa General Hospital operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Federal law prohibits it from giving money to political candidates. However, its coffee shop is a for-profit business, so it can make political donations.
  19. St. Petersburg Mayor-elect Ken Welch will be joining nine other newly elected mayors at the White House on Tuesday. Welch will meet with the secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and other high-ranking officials in President Joe Biden's administration.
  20. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking to media members Nov. 18 in Brandon, is heading into a re-election campaign buoyed by a national profile and a cash reserve unmatched by any of his Democratic challengers in Florida. And Republicans control virtually all of state government.
  21. From left, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried. Crist and Fried have made recent events at the University of Florida an issue in the governor's race as they vie to unseat DeSantis.
  22. An aerial view of Pinellas County, which grew by about 67,000 people since 2010, according the U.S. Census. The growth was evenly distributed across the county and factored into a redistricting process that completed this week.
  23. From left, Maranda Douglas, Leslie Lightsy and Jonathan Wade Sr. The three have filed paperwork to run in the March 15 Clearwater City Council election.
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