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Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 to host St. Petersburg mayoral debate

The debate, which will be aired live on and Bay News 9, will take place June 22.
St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Jun. 6, 2021|Updated Jun. 18, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Times and Spectrum Bay News 9 are partnering to host a debate between St. Petersburg mayoral candidates.

The debate will be shown live June 22 at noon on and Bay News 9, then replayed on Bay News 9 at 7 p.m. It will be moderated by Times Political Editor Steve Contorno and Bay News 9 anchor Holly Gregory.

Those who have filed to run for mayor are: City Council members Darden Rice and Robert Blackmon, former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch; former City Council member and state Rep. Wengay Newton; restaurateur Pete Boland; real estate agent Vincent Nowicki; former political operative and marketer Marcile Powers; University of South Florida political science student Michael Ingram; and former congressional write-in candidate Michael Levinson.

All candidates who qualify for the race will be included in the debate. The qualifying period ends at 5 p.m. June 18.

The primary election will take place Tuesday, Aug. 24. If no candidate garners at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.


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