ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- The final open forum for the five candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg was held in south St. Pete, and many of the questions asked centered around the people of that community and the life situations that affect them each and every day.
Things like education, racial profiling, employment opportunities for people with past criminal records, and police/community relations were brought up.
Considering this is the last public debate the people will see before they head to the polls, 10 News asked each of the three leading candidates what they want the voters of St. Pete to know, and this is what they said.
"I think it's time for us to move forward and you do that by bringing the community together, by being pro-active and using innovative ideas. We do that with a mayor like myself, who's willing to listen, to learn, and to lead," said mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman.
"We really focused on creating environments for private investors. We're on track for creating a half a billion dollars in new growth in the city of St. Petersburg. That's trains, that's jobs, that's economic development, and the city's postured very well. We have a thriving downtown, we have great neighborhoods, we thrive in arts and culture, so we're going to ride the wave," said incumbant St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster.
"I want the citizens of St. Pete to know that I care about them, and that I'm going to be there on the important issues that they get to weigh in on and vote on. We cannot afford to waste money on projects that fail. It's time to work carefully with the citizens' money. I love the neighborhoods, we need to restore our commitment to our neighborhoods," mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford.