Former President Barack Obama endorsed St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for re-election on Friday.
“As mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman has taken on massive challenges to maneuver St. Pete ahead,” stated former President Obama. “From elevating the minimal wage and preventing for equality, to daring management on local weather change, Rick was an ideal ally on the priorities of my administration. I strongly endorse Rick Kriseman as the one selection for continued progress for St. Petersburg.”
As a state consultant, Rick Kriseman was one of many first elected officers in Florida to endorse then Senator Obama for president in 2007.
Kriseman labored with the Obama administration to launch the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in St. Pete, together with supporting Obamacare enrollment efforts.
“I’m extremely honored to have the help of President Barack Obama as we proceed our work of shifting St. Pete ahead” stated Mayor Kriseman. “President Obama’s management had a constructive influence on our metropolis. His historic election impressed us. His governance helped us to rebound from an ideal recession, made healthcare extra out there and reasonably priced, and expanded alternative and equality for numerous People. From ending veteran homelessness to combating local weather change, it has been my privilege to champion his priorities and apply them on the native degree.”
Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel took purpose on the transfer.
“This (endorsement) is a final minute act of desperation from Kriseman’s marketing campaign.”
Voters in St. Petersburg will head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 29, to vote for mayor in addition to District 6, which represents downtown St. Pete, Previous Southeast and a part of Previous Northeast.