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Here’s a rundown of the St. Petersburg City Council primary elections today

Twelve candidates vie for three seats. Half will be eliminated by the day’s end.
Published Aug. 27

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s election day in St. Petersburg, at least for about 3/8 of the city’s residents.

Residents who live in City Council districts 3, 5 and 7 will have the chance to cast ballots today in the city’s primary election.

VOTER GUIDE: St. Petersburg City Council 2019 primary election voter guide: All the candidates on the issues

Two of the three races on today’s ballots are being defended by incumbents. Council member Ed Montanari looks to hold off challengers Orlando Acosta and Zachary Collins in District 3, which includes Snell Isle and Shore Acres.

In District 7, which is south and west of downtowns and borders Gulfport, Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman hopes to thwart challengers Eritha “Akile” Cainion, Chico Cromartie and Sarah Elizabeth Moore.

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District 5 is the only race in today’s primary without an incumbent, as Council member Steve Kornell is term-limited. Five candidates vie to represent Lakewood Estates and Pinellas Point: Beth Connor, Trenia Cox, Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Phil Garrett and Anne Hirsch.


St. Petersburg's District 5 City Council race off and running with candidate forum

St. Pete’s District 5 race has five candidates with five points of view

The top two candidates in each race will go on to the city-wide general election Nov. 5, which will catapult the winners onto City Council.

The race for the District 1 seat, wide open because Council member Charlie Gerdes is term-limited, features only two candidates. Therefore, Robert Blackmon and John Hornbeck advance straight to the general election.

RELATED STORY: More than half of St. Petersburg’s council candidates have been accused of crimes. One spent 10 years in prison.

The even districts — 2, 4, 6 and 8 — will be up for election in 2021.

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    Former journalist David Sommer was killed in 2017. Michael Harbaugh, 42, agreed to serve 30 years in prison for his crimes.
  2. Homeland Security agents have arrested St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer, left, on child pornography charges. In this 2015 picture, he received the St. Petersburg Police Department's Medal of Valor for Enhoffer's actions in a shootout with an armed suspect that year. Tampa Bay Times
    The arrest comes after Homeland Security agents raided Officer Matthew Enhoffer’s home last week.
  3. John Hornbeck is critical of Robert Blackmon because of his profession and lack of a family. Blackmon calls that ‘insulting.’
  4. An man wades through flooded streets with bags of groceries in the Shore Acres neighborhood of St. Petersburg during Tropical Storm Colin in 2016. LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Loren Elliott / Tampa Bay Times
    The city plans to adjust its stormwater billing so homeowners with the most impervious surface area pay the most.
  5. Dr. Paul McRae was the first black chief of staff at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Dr. McRae died on September 13, 2019. He was photographed here in the Tampa Bay Times photo studio for the 2008 Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum's "Legends Honorees" gala. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times
    ‘His extraordinary example paved the way for so many others.’
  6. Neeld-Gordon Garden Center, open at this location since 1925, is closing on Sept. 28. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    The development of Pinellas County and the arrival of the big box stores helped hasten the store’s demise.
  7. The old St. Petersburg High School on Mirror Lake in 1919 during the school's first year there. After it left the building in 1925, St. Pete High moved into its current home on 5th Avenue. University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    The city’s first high school has a history that stretches back a century with many moves along the way.
  8. Marquis Scott, 20, is a former Northeast High School football captain who his family says was trying to turn his life around. Then he was fatally shot while riding his bike, according to St. Petersburg police. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Courtesy of Scott family
    Marquis Scott, 20, was shot while riding his bike. The Northeast High School football captain was turning his life around, his family said.
  9. Rendering of the new Shore Acres Recreation Center that will replace the current structure at 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg Wannemacher Jensen Architects
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  10. Less than a month after being fired, former St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love wants the agency to give him a job running its development nonprofit at the same $157,000 salary. That offer, part of ongoing negotiations over his severance, was rejected by the agency's board.
    Tony Love’s attorney tells the agency that fired him he wants full salary and benefits through 2020. The board rejects his offer.