ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman will serve four more years in St. Petersburg. He was re-elected with 51 percent of the vote.
Challenger Rick Baker ended up with 48 percent.
Spontaneous applause erupted as news of Kriseman’s win arrived at the Nova Art Studio.
A long, hard-fought battle with former mayor Rick Baker came down to less than an hour of ballot counting.
With his wife and two young children by his side, Kriseman admitted the road to victory wasn’t always pleasant. He vowed to work with everyone.
“We can now finish what we started and fully attain our vision of being a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all,” said Kriseman.
Issues to tackle include a home for the Rays, fixing the leaky sewage system and more.
“We’ve got to focus on climate change, we want to do a 2050 plan, and mass transit is the big issue we need to deal with. But we want to continue to create jobs and get people out of poverty,” he said.
A new pier is going up.
“I think this community, when this thing is built, is gonna love this project. I think they’re gonna utilize it in ways they never utilized the old pier,” said Kriseman.
Seventy votes separated the “Ricks” in the August primary.
This time around, Rick Kriseman won by more than 2,100
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