St. Petersburg Times Online: News of the Tampa Bay area
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • No prison for man who flew with gun
  • Seminole matriarch shaped reservation
  • Schools prepared to reverse failures
  • Apart from ancestry
  • Arrest may link fast-food accomplices
  • Art museum plans unveiled
  • Times writer receives award of excellence
  • Riverview man dies in expressway crash
  • Federal security director named for Tampa airport
  • West Nile virus shows in Pinellas chicken
  • Times wins 18 awards in state competition
  • War hero's statue awaits a crowd
  • Candidate settles with consultant
  • Castor heading back to Florida
  • Diocese education leader retires
  • Diocese: Deceased priest suspected of molesting kids
  • Lay ministers wrap up training
  • Judge refuses to lower bail for accused priest


    printer version

    Candidate settles with consultant

    Larry Williams, who ran for mayor of St. Petersburg, was sued and accused of not paying a campaign consultant.

    By BRYAN GILMER, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 15, 2002

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Larry Williams and a campaign consultant say they have settled a lawsuit that accused Williams of failing to pay $14,821.40 he owed.

    The Mallard Group filed the lawsuit in October, saying it repeatedly tried to collect from Williams. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

    "I didn't think they did the job I thought they should do," Williams said Friday, when asked about Mallard's allegation that he didn't pay. "I'm kind of a results-oriented person."

    But Mallard said in its court complaint that "there is no ... issue of law or fact to support defendant's nonpayment."

    Williams, former chairman of the City Council, lost in the mayoral primary last March, finishing third behind Rick Baker and Kathleen Ford. Though Williams requested a partial recount, that only extended Ford's lead over him from 219 to 220 votes. Baker beat Ford in the general election a month later.

    A contract between Mallard and the Williams campaign, which Williams signed, says the firm was to receive a consulting fee of $15,000 in monthly installments. It also says the campaign was to reimburse the firm's out-of-pocket expenses and pay the costs of producing and placing advertising messages.

    The contract includes no waiver of Mallard's fees in the event that Williams lost the election.

    Williams said he will pay the settlement out of his own pocket. He said he could not remember the amount. Williams' campaign raised and spent more than $48,000. He said his campaign account was tapped out by the end of the campaign.

    John Hebert, the president of the Mallard Group, was out of town Friday and did not respond to messages left at his Clearwater office.

    Mallard's attorney, Kathryn M. Welsh of Clearwater, said the suit has been settled but declined to comment further without speaking to Hebert. She also declined to reveal the terms of the settlement.

    Back to Tampa Bay area news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
    Special Links
    Mary Jo Melone
    Howard Troxler

    From the Times
    local news desks