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Rick Kriseman Wins Saint Petersburg Mayoral Race

Rick Kriseman Wins Saint Petersburg Mayoral Race

See photos from Foster and Kriseman's watch parties here

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – A new mayor will lead the city of St. Petersburg.

Rick Kriseman beat incumbent Bill Foster in Tuesday’s election, garnering 55.91 percent of the vote. Foster received 44.09 percent.

During his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Kriseman said he's use to overcoming the odds.

“As we know there is much work to be done, the challenges we faced in this campaign, running against a well-known incumbent, running against powerful out of town forces, those challenges pale in comparison to the unresolved issues we face with the future of our pier and the future of baseball,” Kriseman said.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster conceded Tuesday evening. During his concession speech, Foster said he's leaving the city better than he found it.

“When I look back at four years of being the mayor of this city we came through a deep recession, a mortgage foreclosure crisis, and all sorts of things that wanted to hold us back and nothing can hold the spirit of St. Petersburg back,” foster said.

Kriseman has already mentioned his top priorities, like job creation, and will also focus on the futures of the pier and baseball. He said he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the rays in the Tampa Bay area.

“My friend Bob Buckhorn is here tonight. And I think that’s important for him and I to work together in that respect… cause we need support from Tampa to make this team successful,” Kriseman said.those challenges pale in comparis

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster conceded Tuesday evening. During his concession speech, Foster said he's leaving the city better than he found it.

“When I look back at four years of being the mayor of this city we came through a deep recession, a mortgage foreclosure crisis, and all sorts of things that wanted to hold us back and nothing can hold the spirit of St. Petersburg back,” Foster said.

Foster also said his city will continue to thrive under Kriseman’s leadership.

“This city is still going to do remarkable things. She’s going to continue to grow, she’s gonna continue to thrive in arts and culture - that we’re going to take care of our kids, and we’re going to still work to make sure that our kids get an education,  job creation, and economic development, all of these things,” Foster said.

Foster said God is pointing him in another direction and he isn't upset that he lost Tuesday's election.

Kriseman said Foster called to congratulate him and that the two will meet later this week to talk about the coming transition.

The results are unofficial at this point. They will be made official later this week after provisional ballots are counted.

Photos provided by Sharon Parker/WFLA.

Check out all the polling results HERE



 

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