New endorsements: St. Pete mayor's race heats up
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05/29/09 Seán Kinane
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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Larry Williams addresses USF St. Petersburg students earlier this month.


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In the crowded race for mayor of St. Petersburg, two potential frontrunners picked up endorsements this week.

Yesterday former City Council member Bill Foster announced that he received the endorsement of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. In a letter, Sun Coast PBA President Mark Marland said, “Bill Foster has the experience, leadership and motivation to lead St. Petersburg in a bright and prosperous direction.”

Another candidate, businessman and investor Scott Wagman, has been endorsed by Democratic state Sen. Charlie Justice. According to Wagman, Justice said, “although there are many fine people running for this executive position, I believe Scott Wagman is the most qualified candidate and the best prepared to lead our city forward in these trying economic times.”

During the last several months, WMNF has brought you interviews with many of the St. Pete mayoral candidates, including Wagman and Foster.

Today, we hear from Larry Williams, a former City Council member. WMNF spoke with Williams after a candidate forum earlier this month and began by asking why voters should choose him over the many other candidates.

“…I think [curbside recycling] is a big deal and I think it needs to be done.”

The St. Pete primary election is Sept. 1 and the general election is Nov. 3.

Previous WMNF coverage of Bill Foster

Previous WMNF coverage of Scott Wagman

Previous WMNF coverage of St. Pete Mayor’s race

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