Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is endorsing Ken Welch for St. Petersburg Mayor.
Dyer, a former state Senator, was first elected as Orlando’s Mayor in 2003.
“As Mayor of Orlando since 2003, I’ve witnessed unparalleled growth across the I-4 corridor and that’s because of the incredible working relationship the region’s Mayors maintain,” Dyer said in a statement.
Welch faces City Council member Robert Blackmon in the Nov. 2 General Election after finishing first in a crowded field in the Aug. 24 Primary. He’s running to replace Kriseman, who is leaving office due to term limits and has endorsed Welch as his successor.