Former Mayoral Candidate Throws Support to Kriseman
Community activist Anthony Cates ran in the August primary for St. Petersburg mayor.
ST. PETERSBURG – A former candidate for St. Petersburg mayor has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman who is running for reelection in the upcoming general election.
“I consider St. Petersburg home, and if we want our city to move forward—not backwards—then Rick Kriseman is the only choice for mayor,” Cates said.
He added, “”Over the past month, I have seen firsthand the perspectives and agendas of both candidates in the upcoming election. Mayor Kriseman’s honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our community’s most pressing issues—such as affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development—is reassuring. Mayor Kriseman’s determination to understand and correct wrongs in our community sets him apart from his opponent.”
Kriseman said he was honored to have Cates’ endorsement: “I am very proud to have earned Anthony’s endorsement. Anthony is an outstanding member of our community who truly cares about the the progress of St. Petersburg. He has been a longtime advocate for so many important issues in our community like affordable housing, investing in our youth, and prioritizing economic development. I’m honored to have his support as we fight to move St. Pete forward.”
Cate’s full statement:
“I ran for Mayor to create opportunity for all of St. Petersburg, to make a difference, and improve the lives of our friends and neighbors. I was not successful in my campaign for mayor, but my commitment to everyone who supported me—and to our great city—remains. I will still be a strong advocate for better jobs, affordable housing, and improving quality of life in our city—these issues still matter to me, and I will never stop fighting for a better St. Petersburg. But the way to continue that fight now is by supporting Mayor Rick Kriseman.
“I am proud to endorse Mayor Rick Kriseman for reelection and I am asking all of my supporters to work as hard for Mayor Kriseman as you did for me. Over the past month, I have seen firsthand the perspectives and agendas of both candidates in the upcoming election. Mayor Kriseman’s honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our community’s most pressing issues– such as affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development–is reassuring. Mayor Kriseman’s determination to understand and correct wrongs in our community sets him apart from his opponent.
“Through programs like the South St. Pete CRA, Mayor Krisman has created genuine economic opportunity—investing in people, not just new buildings that will stay empty. That’s important to me, I want to be sure that our next mayor believes as strongly as I do that we need to give folks the resources and tools they need to be successful directly.
“Mayor Kriseman’s commitment to programs like the Promise program and service learning show that he understands our youth need time and attention to succeed. Our young people need opportunities to participate in our community, and the mayor sees that.
“St. Petersburg is on the right track. Poverty and crime are on the decline in our city, and we certainly have more work to do but I am confident that Mayor Kriseman is the right person to get the job done.
“I consider St. Petersburg home, and if we want our city to move forward—not backwards—then Rick Kriseman is the only choice for mayor.”
Kriseman is facing former Mayor Rick Baker in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Today (Oct. 10) is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election.
For information about Kriseman, go to krisemanformayor.com.
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