"The next mayor of St. Pete," Charlie Crist told the crowd at a governor's race campaign rally while holding mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman's hand high. Crist endorsed Kriseman in the St. Petersburg's 2013 mayoral race.
St. Petersburg, Fl - The gathering at Albert Whitted Park Monday morning may have been a campaign rally for Charlie Crist, but taking center stage right along with him was Rick Kriseman.
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"The next mayor of St. Pete," Crist told the crowd while holding Kriseman's hand high.
Even though the city race is officially non-partisan, Kriseman, a Democrat, has not shied away from his party's support. And on Monday, if the notoriously casual Crist had been wearing a jacket, Kriseman followed him so closely into the crowd that he could have at least touched his coattails.
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Kriseman makes no apologies about linking himself so closely to Crist, who is running for governor.
"There's a lot of things we're going to need help on and resources we're going to need, so to have somebody I can work with that's from the community and understands the community is a big deal," explained Kriseman.
About 10 blocks away at the Foster campaign headquarters, there was decidedly less hoopla, but last minute campaigning still going on as volunteers and the Mayor himself made phone calls to undecided voters.
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"Hey Bryce, this is Mayor Bill Foster. How are you?" Foster could be heard saying on one such call.
Foster's final message to voters: keep the city moving forward with him at the helm.
"People love St. Petersburg. They think it's going in the right direction," said Foster. "I've been the CEO; I've been the coach; I've been calling the plays; I've assembled the team-and we are winning," he said.
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The future of the Pier and the future of baseball are just two of the big issues on the next mayor's plate. The two candidates have different ideas on those, but when it comes to Tuesday's election-the men agree.
"I think turnouts everything; really for both candidates. You really want a good mandate," said Foster.
And Kriseman says his mother always told him this, "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain."