Bill Foster on the last day of campaigning listen11/02/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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This afternoon, WMNF spoke with St. Pete Mayoral candidate Bill Foster. We began by asking how he feels going into tomorrowâ€™s election.
Bill Foster: â€œAh, relief. Weâ€™re fighting to the end, but weâ€™re glad that the finish line is in sight.â€
WMNF: "Some of the polls Iâ€™ve seen recently have shown that itâ€™s a close race, but that your opponent actually has a slight lead, just outside the margin of error. What do you think about that?"
Foster: â€œIâ€™m only concerned with one poll and thatâ€™s the one that counts tomorrow. So we will let Deborah Clark count the votes and see who comes out on top. We know itâ€™s close and thatâ€™s why weâ€™re spending these last hours garnering votes, as many as we can.â€
WMNF: "Howâ€™s that? What are you doing? Are you going door-to-door, making phone calls? What kinds of strategies are you using?"
Foster: â€œOh, weâ€™re making phone calls, business visits, and just making sure the people get out the vote. These final hours are critical and weâ€™re taking advantage of every hour.â€
WMNF: â€œAccording to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, about 20,000 people in St. Petersburg have already voted by mail. How do you think thatâ€™s going to play out? Do you think you will win the mail vote, or do you think you can take the people who walk into the polls tomorrow?"
Foster: â€œWell, we certainly hope we take both. Yeah, with that many mail-in ballots, the last 45 days has been Election Day. Any time you have people sitting at home with a ballot that they can actually cast, you treat every day as Election Day. And, you just work hard and take nothing for granted. I tell you, itâ€™s been a wonderful process.â€
WMNF: â€œFinally, Bill Foster, this is probably the last time voters will hear from you before they go vote tomorrow morning. Any last words you would like to say to them?â€
Foster: â€œWell, certainly, get out the vote. I would appreciate their support. And, hopefully, there arenâ€™t too many undecided. But certainly, check out our Web site. And know that I have the vision and leadership style to really build on our successes and lead us forward. Thatâ€™s what this campaign has been all about.â€