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Rick Baker to end St. Pete mayoral primary on high note with Aug. 22 fundraiser

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Rick Baker is looking to finish strong ahead of the St. Petersburg mayoral primary Tuesday, August 29.

In his push to build a “Seamless City,” the former two-term Mayor will hold a final fundraiser in the primary contest, set for Tuesday, August 22 at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE. in downtown St. Pete. Suggested minimum contribution is $50 per attendee.

Baker, a Republican who served from 2001-2010, is seeking his old job back and is leading the pack in the race against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.

With about three weeks left, the standings are somewhat unchanged from the previous month, with Baker still leading at 46 percent, and Kriseman up slightly to 39 percent, according to St. Pete Polls.

Baker — who has led every poll since entering the race — is now within striking distance to win the primary outright with more than 50 percent of the vote.

As for the money race, most recent campaign financing reports show Baker raised $355,490 to date, and more than $151,000 on hand. And in that contest, he’s also running slightly ahead of Kriseman, who took in more than $352,000 as of July 21, with over $73,000 on hand.

Both Baker and Kriseman face a crowded primary field Aug. 29, which includes Anthony Cates III, Paul Congemi (who, interestingly, comes in third in polling with 4 percent), Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter and Jesse Nevel. Due to a filing error disqualifying candidate Ernisa Barnwell, any vote cast for her will not count.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Rick Porter at (407) 849-1112 or [email protected].

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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