St. Pete voters get two more candidate forums in October

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With only a few weeks until the November 5 general election, voters will have not one, but two more chances to catch St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council candidates declare their vision for the future of the city.

University of South Florida St. Petersburg hosts two candidate forums at City Hall — a Monday, October 14 mayoral debate between former state Rep. Rick Kriseman and incumbent Mayor Bill Foster, and Wednesday, October 16 talk with candidates for City Council Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.

Both events will be at City Hall Council Chambers, 175 Fifth St. N., at 6 p.m.

City Council candidates on the ballot:

  • District 2 – incumbent James R. “Jim” Kennedy  and environmental activist Lorraine Margeson
  • District 4 – former neighborhood association president Carolyn Fries and longtime community advocate Darden Rice
  • District 6 – City Council Chair Karl Nurse and political activist Sharon Russ
  • District 8 – civic leader Amy Foster and businessman Steve Galvin

Community members and USFSP students will present pre-screened candidate questions.  USFSP Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Frank Biafora will moderate the debates.

Both events are open to the public, and seating is first come, first served. The forums will be broadcast live on StPeteTV (615 Bright House, 15 Knology and 20 Verizon FiOs), as well as online at They will also be rebroadcast periodically until November 5.

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.