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Bill Foster Will Be St. Pete's Next Mayor listen

11/04/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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To the Victor Goes the Burg. St. Petersburg that is. With more votes than his opponent, St. Petersburg’s next mayor will be, just as his campaign slogan stated, Foster in the new era.

To the very end of the race, it was hard to tell who would claim the title of St. Petersburg’s next mayor. Supporters said the success of Bill Foster’s win was the result of many hours of hard work. At his victory party, he was a celebrity. After Foster announced “we won,” his fans chanted the...

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St. Petersburg Election Day listen

11/03/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today voters in St. Petersburg will decide on 6 races, 5 for City Council and one for mayor. Current mayor Rick Baker is term-limited, and can’t run for reelection. The mayor’s race is between two ex-City Council members.

The mayoral race is expected to be very close, with Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster running a virtual tie in the polls. Ford is running as a change candidate, while Foster is positioned more as the candidate that would continue along the lines of outgoing mayor Baker. ...

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St. Petersburg Candidates for Mayor Talk from the Heart listen

10/21/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Imagine going for the same job interview several times a week for nine months. In early November, the hiring process will be complete and one individual living in St. Petersburg will land their dream job. The candidates for mayor, Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster, sat down, one at a time, Wednesday evening with the future employer – about 100 residents of St. Petersburg.

Unlike other forums, Wednesday’s was more like a j...

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Ford and Foster face off in St Pete Mayoral debate listen

10/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The two candidates for Mayor of St. Petersburg faced off in a debate last night at the Palladium Theatre in downtown. Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster were asked about five categories: budget, crime, economic development, the Rays’ stadium, and what the organizers called “leadership style.” That’s a favorite criticism of Ford by her detractors, including the editorial writers of the St. Petersburg Times, one of the sponsors of the debate. In defining his leadership style, Foster channele...

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Interview with St Pete Mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford listen

09/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week we reported on a wave of endorsements for Bill Foster for Mayor of St. Petersburg.

Today, WMNF spoke with Foster’s opponent, Kathleen Ford before a St. Petersburg Bar Association meeting.

We began the interview by asking Ford for her reaction to finishing second in the crowded ten-person primary to advance to the general election: “Oh, I’m thrilled.”...

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USF St Pete students sign up to intern with Mayoral and City Council Candidates listen

05/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today students in a University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science course met with candidates for mayor and city council. Each student will intern with a campaign during the summer course in practical politics.

On their first day of class Tuesday, USF St. Pete students met with four candidates for city council, six candidates for mayor, or their campaign staffs to decide which one would be the best fit for an internship. Judithanne Scourfield McLau...

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St Pete Mayoral candidates discuss stadium and crime in forum listen

04/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Voters in St. Petersburg will elect a new mayor this year. This morning the first mayoral candidate forum was held, but it was outside of city limits at the Tradewinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach. Six of the candidates discussed issues affecting St. Pete including tourism, crime, the economy, and a new baseball stadium.

In a perfect world, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team would stay in their current home of Tropicana Field, according to former City Council member [Bill Fos...

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Bill Foster formally joins St. Pete mayor's race listen

03/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Even though he has been in the race for weeks, former St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Foster officially announced today that he is running for mayor.

“I’m honored and privileged to announce my candidacy to become the next mayor of the city of St. Petersburg.”

Foster made his announcement on Monday in downtown St. Pete’s Pioneer Park, following a prayer by Clarissa Hersey-James of Breaking Free By Faith Outreach Ministries. Foster calls h...

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Garcia comments on Foster's entry into St. Pete mayor's race listen

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Bill Foster’s entry into the St. Pete mayor’s race adds another interesting personality into the mix of candidates to replace Rick Baker this fall.

Creative Loafing’s Wayne Garcia spoke with WMNF today about Bill Foster, and the other candidates vying to lead Florida’s fourth largest city, for a primary election that is still half a year away.

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Former City Councilwoman enters St. Pete mayoral race listen

02/13/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former City Council member and lawyer Kathleen Ford today officially entered her name into the race for St. Petersburg’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 atte...

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