Kriseman calls on national Democrats in final push for St. Pete mayor's race
ST. PETERSBURG — Days before the Aug. 29 mayoral primary, Mayor Rick Kriseman snagged a rarely-given endorsement from former President Barack Obama. That backing that may have helped push the incumbent mayor to a narrow victory over challenger Rick Baker.
As the general election nears, Kriseman is again calling on national Democrats to lend a hand.
On Friday, Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama, will join the mayor at Station House for a fundraiser in the morning. Then Castro will call voters on behalf of Kriseman at the mayor's campaign’s headquarters.
The next day, Saturday, early voting starts.
Then on Oct. 30, the following Monday, former Maryland governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will join another phone bank.
Kriseman announced the visits by the prominent Democrats on his Facebook page late Monday.
The Nov. 7 election against Baker, a former mayor, could be just as close as the primary was. Kriseman prevailed in the primary by just 70 votes.