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Firefighters Endorse Baker in St. Pete Mayor’s Race

IAFF Baker Endorsement 2017 | Mayor's Race | Politics

Former Mayor Rick Baker is running to get his old job back.

ST. PETERSBURG – The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 747 announced its endorsement of Rick Baker for Mayor of St. Petersburg today (July 14).

“The members  of St Petersburg Association  of  Fire Fighters,  IAFF Local 747, have enjoyed a long history and positive working relationship with Mayor Baker,” said Rick Pauley, president of the St Petersburg Association  of  Fire  Fighters. “Rick  Baker  has demonstrated  his support for public safety by supporting firefighter issues in the  past, adding additional  firefighter  positions, and ensuring that our members can  retire with  dignity.  We  believe St. Petersburg  is safer with Rick Baker as Mayor.”

The St. Petersburg Association of  Fire  Fighters,  IAFF Local 747,  represents  417 fire fighters and  paramedics  who currently serve and  protect  the  people  of St. Petersburg,  Lealman, and South Pasadena.

Baker said, “Public safety is the number one  job for the  Mayor of any city. I am  humbled that the members of St. Petersburg Association  of  Fire  Fighters  IAFF Local 747 have put their faith and trust in me, and  am  honored  to  receive  their endorsement.”

Baker is one of six candidates running for St. Petersburg mayor. The others are incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challengers Paul Congemi, Jesse Nevel, Anthony Cates and Theresa Lassiter.

The St. Petersburg mayor serves four years and earns $180,895 a year.

The primary is Aug. 29. If no candidate gets at least 50 percent plus one vote, the two top votegetters will advance to the Nov. 7 General Election.

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