Saturday, August 10, 2013

Times Endorses Kriseman for Mayor; Trib Endorses Foster

A recent shift on the Rays Stadium Saga wasn't enough to win Mayor Bill Foster the endorsement of the Tampa Bay Times in this month's mayoral election.  He did, however, pick up the endorsement from the more conservative Tampa Tribune editorial board.

The Times, the region's paper-of-record, endorsed former city councilman and state representative Rick Kriseman, mentioning his willingness to negotiate with the Rays as one of the reasons.  The Times Editorial Board opines Kriseman would talk to the team, "while protecting St. Petersburg's financial interests and trying to boost attendance at Tropicana Field."

Kriseman has long campaigned on the stadium issue and says he wants to fight to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg.  But he also favors letting the team search for sites in Hillsborough County.

Kriseman, Foster, and Kathleen Ford are currently fighting for the mayor's office; if no candidate secures 50% of the vote (current polls show they won't), the top two finishers will head to a run-off in November.

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