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Florida Matters Talks To Candidates For St. Pete Mayor

Ken Welch, left, and Robert Blackmon
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Ken Welch, left, and Robert Blackmon will meet in a runoff Nov. 2 in the race for St. Petersburg mayor.

The race pits Pinellas County commissioner Ken Welch against city council member Robert Blackmon.

The stage is set for a November election, where voters will pick St. Petersburg’s next mayor. The race pits Pinellas County commissioner Ken Welch against city council member Robert Blackmon.

On this week’s Florida Matters, we’ll hear from both candidates.

Robert Blackmon serves on the city council. He grew up in St. Pete, attended Florida State, and works in real estate.

He’s also a registered Republican, but when host Bradley George spoke to him, he said he would be a mayor for all.

His opponent is Ken Welch.

Welch also grew up in the city, graduated from USF St. Petersburg and Florida A&M. For 20 years, he served on the Pinellas County Commission.

If elected, he would be St. Pete’s first Black mayor. He has the support of current mayor Rick Kriseman.

George also gets some perspective on the race from political analyst William March.

Election day is November 2.

You can listen to Bradley’s full conversations with March, Blackmon and Welch by clicking on the “Listen” button. Or you can listen to the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

Dinorah Prevost is the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show.
Bradley George comes to WUSF from Atlanta, where he was a reporter, host, and editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting. While in Atlanta, he reported for NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and The Takeaway. His work has been recognized by PRNDI, the Georgia Associated Press, and the Atlanta Press Club. Prior to his time in Georgia, Bradley worked at public radio stations in Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina.