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Two former St. Pete mayors back Robert Blackmon

Four former Mayors have now endorsed Blackmon.

St. Petersburg City Council member Robert Blackmon is growing his list of mayoral endorsements. Blackmon announced Friday two new endorsements from former St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and former four-term Tampa Mayor Dick Greco.

Greco is now a St. Pete resident.

Blackmon now has four endorsements from former mayors including Rick Baker and Bob Ulrich.

“Robert Blackmon is a fine example of what politics is all about. He has youthful enthusiasm. I was just 29 when first elected to city council, he is 30. He is running for all the right reasons, and I believe he will help bring civility back to politics, which we so desperately need today,” Greco said.

Blackmon is running against John Hornbeck for the District 1 set currently held by Charlie Gerdes who is leaving office due to term limits.

Foster served one term as Mayor and as a City Council member. He was defeated in 2013 by now Mayor Rick Kriseman.

“Robert demonstrates his commitment to St. Petersburg with thoughtful leadership,” Foster said. “Whether it’s through his success in the private sector creating affordable housing options, or through his environmental efforts, his work ethic is inspiring. He will bring a fresh voice of enthusiasm to our city council. He’s both authentic, and passionate about our city and this is what makes Robert uniquely qualified to serve on the St Petersburg City Council.”

Blackmon had a 16 point lead over Hornbeck in the latest St. Pete Polls survey.

”I am both humbled and honored to not only be supported by these four former Mayors but to included them as mentors and friends in my life,” Blackmon said.

Friday is the last day candidates have to raise money before closing their books. The general election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7-7.

Blackmon’s district is one of four on the ballot including reelection campaigns for Ed Montanari and Lisa Wheeler-Bowman in districts 3 and 7, respectfully. Both face challengers. District 5 candidates Deborah Figgs-Sanders and Trenia Cox are running to replace Steve Kornell.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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  1. ConcernedCitizen12 3

    November 4, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    There is an error in this article. Robert Blackmon goes by Robert “Roberto” Blackmon when with friends such as these previous mayors. Fix this error! Sad!

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