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South St. Petersburg Elected Officials, Community Leaders Endorse Kriseman

Rick Kriseman | St. Petersburg Mayor | Politics

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, Pinellas School Board member Rene Flowers and City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman joined 14 other community leaders in the endorsement.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Kriseman for Mayor campaign announced today (May 5) that 18 elected officials and community leaders from south St. Petersburg have endorsed Rick Kriseman in his reelection bid.

“I’m proud to have the trust and support of some of St. Pete’s most dedicated public servants and faith leaders” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Working together, we have begun to make real progress for the residents and business owners of South St. Pete. Due to numerous initiatives, including the 2020 Plan and our innovative community redevelopment plan, poverty is down and jobs and new business registrations are up. But there is still much more to do.”

State Sen. Darryl Rouson said,  “I’ve worked with Mayor Kriseman for many years and know he is committed to doing what’s right for our community. The Kriseman Administration is creating opportunity south of Central through sustainable economic development and opportunity creation. I am especially grateful for his decision to ‘Ban the Box’, allowing for job applicants to simply be judged on their ability to do the job. I know Rick Kriseman and I know he is the right choice for St. Petersburg.”

Darryl Rouson | Florida Senate | Politics
Darryl Rouson
Ken Welch | PInellas County Commission | Politics
Ken Welch

Rouson has represented south St. Petersburg in the Florida Legislature for a decade.

Longtime Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch said, “Mayor Kriseman has led on important issues and confronted big challenges. His leadership has helped to bridge what was once a considerable divide between St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Working together, we have established the South St. Pete Community Redevelopment Area and provided the necessary funding for major projects. Mayor Kriseman deserves four more years.”

Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers said, “The mayor understands the importance of public education and has fought to protect our public schools throughout his career. As mayor, he has not only been a presence in our schools but a regular mentor to students. Partnerships are the backbone of a strong and vibrant community where our youth can thrive, imagine, and grow. I look forward to continuing to work alongside him to ensure our students are being well-served.”

Rene Flowers | Pinellas County Schools | Politicfs
Rene Flowers
Lisa Wheeler-Bowman | St. Pete City Council | Politics
Lisa Wheeler-Bowman

St. Petersburg City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman said, “I ran for city council to make our neighborhoods safer and to expand opportunities in a part of town that had long been under resourced. Mayor Kriseman has been a strong leader, a forceful advocate for sensible gun laws, and has worked tirelessly to bring economic development to my district.”

Krisemsn is running for his second term as St. Petersburg’s mayor. Qualifying begins 8 a.m. June 8 and ends 5p.m. June 23. The primary is Aug. 29 and the general election is Nov. 7.




Kriseman has been endorsed by:

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg
Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch
Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers
District 5 Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman
Greater Mt. Zion AME Pastor, the Rev. Clarence Williams
Bethel AME Pastor, the Rev. Kenny Irby
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Associate Pastor Moses Green
Hope Alive Ministry Pastor Dr. Basha P. Jordan, Jr.
Gateway Christian Center Rob Kennedy
Faith Memorial Baptist Church Corey Waters
Campbell Park Neighborhood Association President Coy LaSister
Roser Park Neighborhood Association President Adam Gyson
Lake Maggiore Shores Neighborhood Association President Bernice Darling
Melrose Mercy Neighborhood Association President Montez Shelby
13th Street Heights Neighborhood Association President Deborah Wells
Highland Oaks Neighborhood Association President Faye Jackson
Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association President David Van Wanzeele
Wildwood Heights Neighborhood Association President Catherine Weaver

They join previous endorsements from:
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg
Chair of the St. Pete City Council Darden Rice
Council member Amy Foster
Council member Charlie Gerdes

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