St. Pete voters go to the polls today
Today is Election Day in several cities and counties around the bay area. St. Petersburg is holding elections for four of the City Council seats, Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7.
WMNF spoke about todayâs election with St. Pete residents, including both candidates for City Council District 3, Bill Dudley and Ed Montanari. Montanari said he expected voter turnout to be low.
Montanariâs opponent, Bill Dudley said he would have handled recent budget cut differently than the city did. For example, the city terminated many lower level employees, but Dudley thinks that a better idea would have been for St. Pete to reconsider having three deputy mayors.
Judith Beck said she came to the polling precinct at St. Peteâs Coliseum to vote against City Council District 7 candidate Gershom Faulkner.
In her South St. Petersburg yard, Nora Rolland said she didnât plan to vote.
At a nearby supermarket, a woman who identified herself only as Sandy said she planned on voting later today because there were issues in her neighborhood that concerned her.
âThe crime in the area, the drugs, the school situation, the war. Thereâs a whole list of things.â
Mary, who also didn't give her last name, said she doesnât vote because sheâs a Jehovahâs Witness, but she follows city politics and calls it a "tragedy." Mary did not have kind words about Mayor Baker, either.
Johnme Lunchme said he will vote in order to support City Council District 7 candidate Wengay âNewtâ Newton.
Robin Reed voted at the Coliseum said she is concerned about development in St. Pete.
A woman at the Coliseum who didnât want to give her name said sheâs never missed an election. She said she loves mayor Baker and is pleased with the direction the city is taking.
A man who wanted to remain anonymous in South St. Pete said the City Council could do more for that part of town.
âItâs okay. Really, they need to do a little more improvement in the neighborhoods.â
Polls remain open for todayâs St. Pete City Council elections until 7 p.m.. To find your precinct, visit Votepinellas.com.comments powered by Disqus