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Mayor Rick Kriseman endorses Ken Welch as successor

by The 100 Companies

St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is endorsing former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch as his successor.

The endorsement from the term-limited Mayor is a significant nod in the upcoming election. Kriseman, a Democrat, stayed within party lines in endorsing Welch, who is a front-runner in the race.

“Ken is a uniter,” Kriseman said of Welch at a press conference Monday.

Kriseman’s endorsement will likely give Welch a boost among Democratic voters, with the advantage of strong name recognition locally. The endorsement also comes at a jab to St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice, who is also a Democrat.

– Kelly Hayes, Florida Politics

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