ST. PETERSBURG – Registered voters in St. Petersburg had one more opportunity to cast their ballots Tuesday, Aug. 27, in a primary election to decide who would run for the city’s mayor and three council seats in the Nov. 5 general election.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will face challenger Rick Kriseman, according to the unofficial tally of votes on Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. As of 8:15 p.m. with 92 of 92 precincts reporting and partial mail ballots counted, Foster was in the lead with 41 percent of the vote to Kriseman with 39 percent.
Kathleen Ford was in third place with 19 percent, 9,472 votes. Anthony Cates III and Paul Congemi each recorded less than 1 percent.
Voters said yes, by more than 63 percent, to a referendum to terminate the new pier design agreement with Michael Maltzan based on the Lens concept. The city will be required to send a letter to the architecture firm terminating the agreement approved by the city council May 17, 2012.
The vote counts do not include provisional ballots. Voter turnout was 31.21 percent.
Incumbent Karl Nurse will face Sharon Ross for the District 6 on the St. Petersburg Council. With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, Nurse had 69 percent of the vote, followed by Russ with almost 19 percent. Trevor L. Mallory received 12 percent.
Darden Rice and Carolyn Fries will vie for the District 4 council seat, vacated by Leslie Curran due to term limits. With 10 of 10 precincts reporting, Rice had nearly 46 percent of the vote followed by Carolyn Fries with 26 percent. David McKalip took in 23 percent and Richard Eldridge received nearly 5 percent.
Amy Foster will campaign against Steve Galvin for the District 8 seat, vacated by Jeff Danner also due to term limits. With 14 of 14 precincts reporting, Foster had 56 percent of the vote to Galvin’s 18 percent. Alex Duensing brought in 16 percent of the vote and Robert J. Davis had nearly 10 percent.