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Bill Foster says he's done with politics after loss to Rick Kriseman in St. Petersburg mayoral race

11:52 PM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL -- Bill Foster says he won't be running for elected office ever again. After losing his bid for a second term as St. Peterburg Mayor to Rick Kriseman, Foster said he is ready to move on.

"I'm looking forward to being a husband again," Foster told supporters gathered at the Manhattan Casino in Midtown.

See also: Kriseman wins St. Petersburg mayor election

Describing the last four-years as an incredible journey, Foster also told reporters he fears this election marked a turning point in the city where all future mayoral races will be partisan contests. The mayor's race is supposed to be non-partisan.

"I think this will forever [change] the way mayor's races are done in St Pete. Four years from now the Democratic Party will get behind Kriseman, somebody will run a Republican and it's partisan from here on out. It's forever partisan."

Repeating a line from his campaign, Foster added that he's not a politician which is why he won't be seeking another office, including a run for C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat.

"I'm done. I'm done. Again it's partisan... I don't do [that]."

Foster said he will meet with Kriseman later this week to help him with the transition. He also said he wants what's best for the city- which, according to Foster, is getting behind the leader of the city.

For the next four-years that will be Kriseman. 

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