Rick Kriseman

Rick ran for mayor 4 years ago to move St. Pete forward. As the son of a small business owner, Rick understands the importance of rolling up your sleeves, and getting to work on tough problems. Rick is proud of what we’ve accomplished, and even prouder to call St. Pete home. *View sidebar for a full list of community members who have endorsed Rick Kriseman.

  Candidate Answers & Information
Hometown (City & State): Detroit, Michigan
Years in St. Petersburg: 45 Years (1972 -2017)
Years in District (Council candidates):
Marital Status: Married to Kerry Kriseman
No. of Children + Ages: Samuel Kriseman (Son; Age 14)

Jordan Kriseman (Daughter; Age 19)

Organizational Endorsements: Equality Florida, Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County, Sierra Club, Police Benevolent Association
Occupation: Mayor of St. Petersburg
Current & Prior Career Positions: Previously practiced law with Saunders & Walker, P.A., and Lucas, Green, and Magazine P.A., St. Petersburg City Councilman, FL State Representative, Mayor of St. Petersburg, Mayor of St. Petersburg
Education: University of Florida (Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, 1984), Stetson University (Juris Doctor, 1987)
Community Service/Leadership Roles: St. Petersburg City Councilman, FL State Representative, Mayor of St. Petersburg
Organizational Affiliations: Campaign manager for State Representative Lars A. Hafner. Charter member, Lake Pasadena Estates Neighborhood Association. Tampa Bay Democratic Leadership Council, board member and founding member of its Tampa Bay Chapter. Mentoring high school students.

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Tampa Bay Business Guild. Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Vice president and board member, Temple Beth-El. Co-chair, Temple Beth-El’s Interfaith Families Committee. Executive board member, Local Elected Officials Network of the Democratic Leadership Council. National Youth Sports Program Advisory Board. Puppy raiser with Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Priorities if Elected: My top 3 priorities if re-elected are to continue expanding access to opportunity for all people in our city, continue economic growth South of Central Avenue and continue preparing our city for a changing climate.
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Agree & will support Disagree & will not support Agree in principal; suggest changes Disagree but open to discuss Don’t know enough; willing to learn Other Thoughts
The 2020 Plan to reduce poverty by 30% in South St. Petersburg by 2020


Collective Empowerment Group Comprehensive Plan for Economic Growth & Wealth Building


People’s Budget Review

New Deal  Economic Growth Policies & Initiatives


Continued use of South St. Petersburg CRA funding for workforce & business development


Social Impact Bond structure to increase investments in programs to increase employment & income in community


Universal Community Benefit Agreement Policy of targeting contracts and jobs to community workers and firms, for all city-supported development projects


Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students (COQEBS) on-going push for school district policies, programs & investments to close the achievement gap for black students


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