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Times recommends: Rick Baker for mayor of St. Petersburg

  • CHERIE DIEZ | Times Both candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg have long records of public service, deep roots in the community and are well-known to voters.
  • Rick Baker remains the better choice to meet St. Petersburg’s challenges and ensure the city continues to thrive.
  • The November election for mayor of St. Petersburg may be as close as the August primary, when Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker each won more than 48 percent of the vote.
  • Baker, 61, served as mayor from 2001 to 2010 and helped improve low-income neighborhoods in Midtown, set the stage for downtown’s renewal and generated support for public schools.
  • In the Nov. 7 election for mayor of St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Rick Baker.

The November election for mayor of St. Petersburg may be as close as the August primary, when Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker each won more than 48 percent of the vote. The reasons are obvious: Both men have long records of public service, deep roots in the community and are well known to voters. Baker remains the better choice to meet St. Petersburg’s challenges and ensure the city continues to thrive.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times Both candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg have long records of public service, deep roots in the community and are well-known to voters. Rick Baker remains the better choice to meet St. Petersburg’s challenges and ensure the city continues to thrive.

The November election for mayor of St. Petersburg may be as close as the August primary, when Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker each won more than 48 percent of the vote. The reasons are obvious: Both men have long records of public service, deep roots in the community and are well known to voters. Baker remains the better choice to meet St. Petersburg’s challenges and ensure the city continues to thrive.

Baker, 61, served as mayor from 2001 to 2010 and helped improve low-income neighborhoods in Midtown, set the stage for downtown’s renewal and generated support for public schools. He remains St. Petersburg’s best strong mayor since voters adopted this form of government nearly 25 years ago. While Baker emphasized his past accomplishments before the primary election, he has smartly reintroduced himself to voters and focused more on the future.

Kriseman, 55, won the primary election by 70 votes and can count some significant accomplishments. He negotiated a reasonable agreement to let the Tampa Bay Rays look in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for a new stadium site. He brought curbside recycling and restarted projects that had…

Times recommends: Rick Baker for mayor of St. Petersburg