Interview with St Pete City Council candidate Steve Kornell

10/27/09 Seán Kinane
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St. Petersburg voters go to the polls a week from today. In addition to Mayor, they will select five City Council members.

Even though during last month’s primary election, voters could only choose from Council candidates in their own district, during the November general election all St. Petersburg registered voters can vote for all five contested seats.

Today WMNF continues our series of interviews with all ten candidates for City Council, with the District 5 race.

It’s the only one with out an incumbent because the current District 5 member of Council, Jamie Bennett, is leaving the seat after his unsuccessful run for Mayor.

Angela Rouson, the wife of state Representative Darryl Rouson, is facing Steve Kornell. Kornell, the only openly gay City Council candidate, says if he had been on Council earlier this month he would have voted to vacate the BayWalk sidewalk, if certain conditions were met.

In a St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll released a week ago, Kornell had a slight 24 percent to 22 percent lead over the other candidate, Angela Rouson.

Tune in later this week for the fifth and final part of our coverage where we will hear from the District 4 candidates for St. Pete City Council.

The election is November 3rd and all St. Pete residents can vote in all five district races.

Steve Kornell

Angela Rouson

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Steve Kornell's position on the issue of single-member district primaries and at-large general elections is correct but for the wrong reasons. Rouson's position is a slickly crafted political response designed to appeal to the greater St. Petersburg electorate. Her position begs the question, Just how representative of her district would she be if elected? Her predecessor's record left much to be desired.