From left: St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, 10 News Anchor Allison Kropff, and Mayor Candidate Rick Kriseman
St. Petersburg, FL -- Incumbent Bill Foster accused his challenger Rick Kriseman of making the St. Petersburg mayor's race political.
Foster made the accusation as the two men faced off Tuesday during a debate broadcast on 10 News.
St. Pete Mayor Debate: Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman square off on 10 News
"From day one you've made this a partisan race," Foster said to Kriseman.
"Do you really [believe] partisanship has any benefit to City Hall when you know that there's no R and D in filling potholes or a park? Do you really want to bring the failed policies of Washington and Tallahassee to City Hall?" Foster added.
"I think the issue of partisanship is being raise by Mr. Foster because there aren't issues or any substantive things that he can point to in his administration over the last four years that have been accomplished. So, instead of talking about the real issues we need to be talking about like jobs, crime, neighborhoods and education -- we're talking about partisanship," Kriseman countered.
The men also talked about downtown parking, the future of the Rays, flood insurance and the city's waterfront during the nearly 30-minute long debate.
Absentee ballots have already started arriving at the Supervisor of Elections office in Pinellas County.
The election is Nov. 5.