Will Kathleen Ford become next Mayor of St Pete? listen11/02/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Tomorrow, St. Petersburg voters will choose either Kathleen Ford or Bill Foster to be the next Mayor, replacing Rick Baker who is term-limited. According to the St. Petersburg Times, over 20,000 voters have already mailed in ballots in the city.
Today, WMNF spoke with both candidates for Mayor. Kathleen Ford says she has a range of emotions the day before election day.
Kathleen Ford: â€œOh, weâ€™re excited and nervous and anticipating what the results will be.â€
WMNF: â€œAnd those results are flavored maybe some polls that weâ€™ve seen recently where it shows youâ€™re up by a few points over Bill Foster, and itâ€™s right outside the margin of error. What do you think about those polls?"
Ford: â€œWell, we know itâ€™s close and, of course, theyâ€™re polls. It just depends on who shows up and how they vote. And, of course, we want them to vote for Kathleen Ford tomorrow."
WMNF: â€œAnd how does it look for turnout? There are two things to look at: one is actual turnout on Election Day, tomorrow, and the other is the large number of mail-in votes that have already been receivedâ€”over 26,000 in the county, which may be about 20,000 in St. Peterburg by last Friday. What do you think about those two aspects of turnout?â€
Ford: â€œWell, itâ€™s been an interesting race because of the number of those mail ballots. And, you know, weâ€™re concerned that folks will try to mail those ballots tomorrow. And, of course, they wonâ€™t be counted. And so weâ€™re telling folks, if you think youâ€™re going to mail the ballot tomorrow, donâ€™t do that. Go on down to the precinct and give your ballot in and theyâ€™ll let you vote right there. But if you try to mail it today or tomorrow, itâ€™s too late. So weâ€™re trying to get the word out to folks to go ahead and appear in person. Bring your mail ballot with you and theyâ€™ll let you vote at the poll.â€
WMNF: "The St. Pete Times has endorsed your opponent and a lot of former city council members have also endorsed your opponent. What are your thoughts about that?"
Ford: â€œWell, I am just thrilled to have the endorsement of our St. Petersburg fire fighters and of our city workers who are a member of the Service Employee Union International. And, you know, Iâ€™ve also had some other endorsements. So, I am just absolutely thrilled with all the wonderful support that I have, and have had, continually through this campaign and my volunteers have just been awesome.
WMNF: â€œAnd I have to ask you about the 'HNIC' comment from a couple of weeks ago. What would you like to say?â€
Ford: â€œWell I am just, I really want to make sure that everybody feels like they have access to me as their mayor. And I thinks itâ€™s just really critical we that have open, accessible, accountable and affordable government for everyone. I remind everyone to get on out there and vote tomorrow.â€