Special report
St. Petersburg City Council elections 2007
A budget crunch. An affordable-housing crisis. Questions about the future of the Police Department. They are just some of the issues on the plate of City Council members for the next four years. On Nov. 6, residents get the chance to say who they want making those weighty decisions. Four of the eight City Council seats are up for grabs, and the balance of the council is at stake.

[Lara Cerri | Times]
Former City Council candidate Darden Rice and City Council candidate Bill Dudley speak before an October candidate forum.
  • About the job
    Council members are elected to four-year terms and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. They receive $39,330 a year.
District 1
  • Polson vs. Kersteen
    Between them, Polson and Kersteen have more than 50 years of public and community service. Kersteen, a member of the council from 1995 to 1999, is returning to politics. Polson recenty retired, but found that life actually became more hectic after a year on the City Council.
District 3
  • Dudley vs. Montanari
    Bill Dudley has been running for a City Council seat for more than four years. Ed Montanari has been running for closer to four months. The two men will soon find out if any of that makes a difference to city voters.
District 5
  • Bennett vs. 'New Election'
    The one-man election is a quirk in city election law that was triggered when Bennett's official opponent, Chris Kelly, dropped out. It means Bennett likely will be re-elected.
District 7
  • Faulkner vs. Newton
    Much of the difference between the two candidates for the District 7 City Council seat come down to one word: politician. One sees it as a positive word; the other, an insult.

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