Councilman Jamie Bennett is running for St. Pete mayor listen01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
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From the steps of St. Petersburgâ€˜s City Hall, City Councilmember Jamie Bennett today announced heâ€™s running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
Bennett is one of what could many candidates who will vie to replace Rick Baker, who is leaving City Hall this fall because of term limits.
Businessman Deveron Gibbons, real estate investor Scott Wagman, former City Councilman Bill Foster and Minister Sharon Russ have already announced their intent to run.
But today was Bennettâ€™s day to bask in the cool sunshine. And he said that although St. Pete has come a long way over the past eight years, not everybody has prospered under Mayor Baker.
Several times during his speech, Bennett called himself a progressive. He was introduced by Bob Devin Jones, the openly gay cofounder of Studio@620, an arts center located in downtown St. Pete.
Bennett said he was unveiling his â€œOne St. Petersburgâ€ campaign, which he said was about "common and realistic goals of the people of St. Pete.â€ And Bennett said a city government need to be focused on job development and retention.
There maybe more candidates getting into the race, such as former City Councilwoman Kathleen Ford. Thanks to Ariel Stevenson for helping to prepare this report.