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