Former state Rep. Rick Kriseman is "seriously considering" a bid for St. Pete mayor listen01/31/13 Janelle Irwin
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Former state Representative Rick Krisemanâ€™s lips have been sealed about speculation that he may run for mayor of St. Pete this year. But now Kriseman says he is "seriously considering" it.
When Kriseman, a Democrat, announced that he wouldnâ€™t be seeking another term in the Florida House, he said it was because he was fed up with the Republican-controlled legislature. According to state campaign finance reports, Kriseman donated all of his campaign funds to various non-profits, including this station. He could have used that money in a bid for Mayor. But even though the money would have given him a jump on fundraising, Kriseman said yesterday at an unrelated press conference in Tampa that he might put his name in the race.
â€œI think anyone who considers running for office thereâ€™s a number of things they consider. First and foremost is the impact of their decision on their family. So thatâ€™s something and those are discussions Iâ€™ve had with my family and Iâ€™m having with my family â€“ talking to people in the community to gauge support and to see if, what frustrations I have â€“ and I like Bill, heâ€™s a nice guy â€“ but if what frustrations I have are shared by those in the community and after I have a chance to do that Iâ€™ll make my final decision and Iâ€™ll let everyone know what Iâ€™m doing.â€
Kriseman has until July to register for the August primary if he is going to run. So far, no other candidates have announced a mayoral bid, but there is speculation that former city council member Kathleen Ford or Pinellas County commissioner Ken Welch may run to unseat Mayor Bill Foster.