Financial planner Copley Gerdes will be the next St. Petersburg City Council member representing District 1 after winning Tuesday night’s election.
Gerdes, the son of former City Council member Charlie Gerdes, received 53% of the vote, ahead of challenger, lobbyist Bobbie Shay Lee, who received 47%.
Gerdes will replace City Council member Robert Blackmon, who resigned to run for Mayor.
The election results are a staunch departure from results in late August from the Primary Election, where Gerdes and Lee finished virtually tied at 34% of the vote each.
The contrast in outcome is likely due to shifting election dynamics.
– Kelly Hayes, Florida Politics