Rick Kriseman speaks after being elected mayor of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL - Earlier this month Rick Kriseman defeated Mayor Bill Foster by a 12-point margin making him the new Mayor of St. Petersburg. This was the costliest mayoral contest in the city's history. Combined, the two candidates raised more than $500,000.
With the win behind him, Kriseman is now denouncing a comment made by his campaign manager Cesar Fernandez, saying that Kriseman did not need the African American votes to win the election.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Kriseman said he learned of Fernandez's tweet Sunday and described it as a "very insensitive" remark. He also stated that he could not have defeated Mayor Bill Foster without support from the black community, adding: "I was honored to have it."
Foster was the first incumbent to lose the job since residents approved a strong-mayor form of government in 1993.
Kriseman drew support from six of the city's eight council members. He will take office on January 2.