Did the inauguration whet your whistle for elected office? Maybe you should consider elected office in St. Pete.
While we are just 3 weeks into 2021, our St. Pete City Elections are already heating up.
In an effort to keep our members updated on the candidates and potential candidates, the Chamber will be posting periodically on the filings and updates swirling around City Hall.
It has been no secret that Former County Commissioner Ken Welch and current St. Pete City Councilmember Darden Rice have been planning to run to replace term-limited Rick Kriseman in 2021. A late December surprise saw Former State Representative Wengay Newton enter the race.
Rice and Welch both filed last week but have been raising money through their political committees prior to the new year. Currently, Welch’s “Pelican PAC” has $53,530 cash on hand (COH) and Rice’s “Friends of Darden Rice” has $191,410 COH. Newton reported $485 COH in his December report.
Additionally, Michael Ingram, who initially filed for City Council- District 2 in February but filed a “Change of Office” with the City Clerk in October, is now running for Mayor. Through December, he has $542 COH.
Other candidates are rumored to be weighing a run but no official filings have occurred.
District 2 (map)
Councilmember Brandi Gabbard currently represents this district, that includes most of the area north of 62nd Ave N, and will run for re-election although she has not officially filed. Gabbard, seen as a popular, hard-working councilmember with top-notch constituent service, is favored to win re-election but could still be challenged. No one has filed for the seat to date.
District 4 (map)
This seat being vacated by Darden Rice due to term limits, runs from 5th Ave N to 78th Ave bordered on the West by I-275 and stretches as far East as Old Northeast in the southern portion and Dr. MLK north of 54th Ave N. With several active neighborhood associations in this district, it is expected that there will be numerous candidates. So far, 2 candidates are officially in the race. Wendy Wesley has $4,661 COH and Clifford Hobbs III has $1,386 COH.
District 6 (map)
Councilmember Gina Driscoll was elected to represent this southeast St. Pete district in 2017 and filed earlier this month for re-election. The district runs from 9th Ave N to Pinellas Point between Tampa Bay and as far west as 22nd Street S. She, like Gabbard, has been seen as a popular, hardworking member with laudable constituent service. No one has filed to challenge.
District 8 (map)
Councilmember Amy Foster is vacating this seat that runs mostly from I-275 west to 49th Street between 5th Avenue N and 40th Ave N. This seat comprises the very active Kenwood, Central Oak Park, and Disston Heights Neighborhoods. Richmond “Richie” Floyd is the only candidate who has filed and he has jumped out to a large fundraising lead since he entered the race in November. Floyd has $11,610 COH according to his December report.
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