ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Voters in St. Petersburg elected a new mayor on Tuesday.
Democrat Ken Welch, a former Pinellas County Commissioner, declared victory in the mayoral race shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. He was running against Republican Robert Blackmon, who served on St. Petersburg City Council.
With 100% of precincts reporting results, Welch had 59.67% of the vote to Blackmon’s 40.33%.
Welch is now projected to become the first Black mayor St. Petersburg has ever had.
St. Petersburg residents also voted on several city council seats.