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By JANET ZINK, Times Staff Writer
Published January 23, 2008
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is supporting Republican Mitt Romney.
"As of now, I am not endorsing anyone," says Tampa's Pam Iorio.
Frank Hibbard, Clearwater's mayor, is also supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Florida's mayors are facing lower property tax revenues even as their cities struggle with the same problems as their residents: rising insurance and gas costs, a housing slump and a credit crunch. With Tuesday's Florida primary approaching, many mayors have lined up behind a presidential candidate they think can best address those issues. Here's where they stand.
Who he's supporting: Mitt Romney. "I want somebody I believe understands the market."
Who he's supporting: Rudy Giuliani
Who he's supporting: Hillary Clinton
Who he's supporting: Mitt Romney
Who she's supporting: "As of now, I am not endorsing anyone."
Who he's supporting: John McCain
Who he's supporting: Mitt Romney. "He understands the economic issues, and our economy is the No. 1 concern of all the citizens I talk to."