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On Tuesday, August 24th, voters in St. Petersburg will have a say in who will be the mayor for the next four years, as well as advancing two city council candidates from Districts 1, 4 and 8 to the general election on November 2, 2021.
St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary Election
Eight St. Petersburg mayoral candidates are on the Aug. 24 primary ballot. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, that person will win the mayoral race. If no candidate receives that threshold, the top two candidates will move on to the general election on Nov. 2. The winner is elected to a four-year term and can serve up to two consecutive terms. St. Pete mayoral campaigns are ran as nonpartisan campaigns, with no official party designations being listed on the ballots, though each candidate is personally registered with a political party or as an independent.
Here are the candidates (in alphabetical order) who could be at the helm for the big decisions facings St. Pete over the next few years including the Tropicana Field development site, equity for all residents and affordable housing developments, sustainability and resiliency issues including addressing rising sea levels and balancing the overall level and pace of urban development in the city while maintaining the character and charm that residents and visitors both cherish.
Robert G. Blackmon: real estate developer, born and raised in St. Pete, currently serving as a first-term City Council member in District 1. Visit Robert Blackmon’s campaign site.
Pete Boland: entrepreneur and owner of The Galley bar in downtown St. Pete, born and raised in St. Pete and is running as an alternative to career politicians. Visit Pete Boland’s campaign site.
Michael Ingram: the youngest candidate at 20 years old, currently a student at USF, main issues include sustainability and decreasing homelessness. Visit Michael Ingram’s campaign site.
Torry Nelson: entrepreneur who has operated a homeless shelter, St. Pete native, strong focus on environmental sustainability and decreasing gun violence in the city. Visit Torry Nelson’s campaign site.
Wengay “Newt” Newton: St. Pete native, 12 years spent in politics including as a Florida State Representative and eight years as a St. Pete City Council member. Visit Wengay Newton’s campaign site.
Marcile Powers: small business owner and artist in Kenwood, wants to legalize cannabis citywide, decrease housing costs, and encourage more support for local businesses and artists. Visit Marcile Powers’ campaign site.
Darden Rice: Current City Council member, member of LGBTQ+ community, environmental sustainability and equity in health care and voting rights are some of her priorities. Visit Darden Rice’s campaign site.
Ken Welch: St. Pete native and longtime politician, served on the Pinellas County Commission for 20 years and working towards authentic progress for every neighborhood. Visit Ken Welch’s campaign site.
Michael S. Levinson (write-in): no formal political experience, but has run for Congress, Senate and the White House. Wants to use hemp to clean the air and buy Duke Energy. Visit Michael Levinson’s campaign site.
City Council Primary Elections
For the primary election, only residents of each district may vote on the candidates. The two candidates who receive the most votes will move on to the general election on November 2, 2021, where all city residents will be eligible to vote.
Council Member District 1
Council Member District 4
Council Member District 8
Important Voting Resources
Please note that the cutoff for the primary election has passed, but you can register to vote now for future elections including the general election on Nov 2, 2021.
For more information on the primary election, visit the Vote Pinellas website.