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Kriseman: St. Petersburg is headed in right direction

  • My opponents believe St. Pete is moving in the wrong direction and that our sewer system is the only issue.
  • Public safety is job number one, but reducing poverty and addressing inequity in St. Pete has been and will continue to be a hallmark of my administration.
  • What we realized early on, and what the Tampa Bay Times recently highlighted, is that past efforts in south St. Pete have largely failed to make life better there.
  • Sometimes doing what’s right has meant speaking out against President Donald Trump and the policies that hurt the very people who make St. Pete so beautiful and diverse.
  • On my first day in office, I said, “No longer will we be a small city that refuses to engage on the big issues.”

Editor’s note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times editorial board are given an opportunity to reply.

Editor’s note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times editorial board are given an opportunity to reply.

My opponents believe St. Pete is moving in the wrong direction and that our sewer system is the only issue.

Neither is true.

There’s a lot to love about our city, and countless important issues will be impacted by the results of this mayoral election.

Among them is public safety. Thanks to our return to community-oriented policing, the relationship between our citizens and our officers is stronger than ever. Under Rick Baker and his police chiefs, we averaged 78 citizen complaints per year against our police department. Under the leadership of Chief Anthony Holloway, we are averaging only 14 citizen complaints per year. Crime is also down, and violent crime has been reduced by 26 percent. These are just a few of the many reasons why I am proud of my decision to hire Chief Holloway and committed to retaining him so that we can continue to move our city and our department forward.

Public safety is job number one, but reducing poverty and addressing inequity in St. Pete has been and will continue to be a hallmark of my administration. What we realized early on, and what the Tampa Bay Times recently highlighted, is that past efforts in south St. Pete have largely failed to make life better there. That’s why we are focused on providing opportunity and…

Kriseman: St. Petersburg is headed in right direction