Former City Councilwoman enters St. Pete mayoral race listen02/13/09 Arielle Stevenson
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Former City Council member and lawyer Kathleen Ford today officially entered her name into the race for St. Petersburgâ€™s mayoral race. She is among a growing list of candidates.
She spoke from city hall in downtown St. Petersburg. Her top concern if elected is growing the weakened infrastructure downtown. The continuing problem of growing numbers of homeless in St. Petersburg is something Ford says she is adapt to handle effectively.
Ford says this issue will require increased attention as veterans return home, and the economy continues to struggle.
She says many people still seem unaware as to how bad this economic crisis is and will be.
Many storefronts on Central Avenue now sit vacant. Ford says stimulating the national economy is crucial to stimulating and increasing St. Peteâ€™s local economy.
Also going the race is former councilman Bill Foster.