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St. Petersburg Mayoral candidates debate

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The three way race for St. Petersburg Mayor includes the incumbent and two former council members. Mayor Bill Foster's recent change of heart about the Rays being able to explore Tampa sites drew attention. "I'm very solid on our legal position, if the sole objective is to keep the Rays here through 2027. What is the objective after that? I guarantee if we do that, there will be no Tampa Bay Rays in 2028," said Mayor Foster.

His opponents jumped at the opportunity to point out his shifting stance. "Well a new day, a new position. Ya know the issue that I think is really important is how we protect the City of St. Petersburg's significant investment," said Kathleen Ford.

"On this issue, Mr. Foster's had as many positions as Ben Zobrist and hasn't done it as well. This is an important issue, it's not a game," said Rick Kriseman.

Another hot-button issue: The Pier. "Before we launch off in spending all this money for the "Lens" design, where we've got over 20,000 people who have signed a petition, why don't we put it on the November ballot?" said Kathleen Ford.

"Mr. Foster has become an expert on this issue and it's because he's taken all sides of the issue so I think he understands both sides," said Rick Kriseman.

I asked voters which candidate did the best. A Foster supporter weighed in. "I think he highlighted his tenure in a very effective manner. I mean, if it's not broke don't fix it," said Berney Jacques.

"I think Rick Kriseman hit a home run. I think he's decisive. I've always liked his experience," said Lucy Trimarco.

Kathleen Ford scored for voter Fred Dee. "I just think she says it like it is and keeps saying it. Do I agree with it all the time? No. But I respect the fact she never changes her mind," said Dee.

Voters will go to the polls August 27th for the primary election. The new mayor has to get 50 percent of the vote plus one.

 

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