Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor

Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor

The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. What to do about the Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. The future of the iconic pier - which now sits shuttered on what is likely the city's most visible – and valuable - space. And how to promote public transportation, especially with a countywide referendum next year that could bring the region's first light rail line to Pinellas County.
Current Mayor Bill Foster is looking to get re-elected. He survived the primary along with former City Council Chair Rick Kriseman, whose most recent job was representing Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives.
The two squared off last week at the Palladium. The debate was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 The moderators are Bay News Nine's Al Reuchel and Times' political editor Adam Smith.
The election for mayor will be held November 5th.

Mayor, St. Petersburg
Former City Councilman and member of Florida House of Representatives

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