St. Petersburg Voters Decide Council Seats

After all the issues were laid out and more than 21,00 ballots were cast, only four council candidates and a handful of referendum issues were left standing.

Three incumbents were re-elected to city council on Tuesday along with council newcomer Charlie Gerdes.

In District 1, Gerdes, a local lawyer, defeated former council member Bob Kersteen, 56% to 44%.

In District 3, Bill Dudley won re-election over radio producer Brett Hatley, 69% to 31%.

In District 5, Steve Kornell ran unopposed and got 76% of votes.

In District 7, Wengay “Newt” Newton beat Gershom Faulkner 66% to 34%.

Voters approved seven of eight ballot questions too, with the only exception being Charter Amendment 1, a measure to allow 25-year private leases at the Port of St. Pete.  The Chamber of Commerce had supported the measure; the editorial board of the St. Petersburg Times had opposed it.

Other measures passed included tax exemptions for businesses, a new waterfront master plan and mandatory hearings for budget changes.

Turnout for the city’s election was around 13 percent.

To see the results:


Largo and St. Pete, election and referendums:


Lakeland, city council


Anna Maria, Holmes Beach


Venice City election

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