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Mayoral favorites

By JANET ZINK, Times Staff Writer
Published January 23, 2008


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.

ST. PETERSBURG

Rick Baker

Who he's supporting: Mitt Romney. "I want somebody I believe understands the market."

HIALEAH 

Julio Robaina

Who he's supporting: Rudy Giuliani

PEMBROKE PINES

Frank Ortis

Who he's supporting: Hillary Clinton

JACKSONVILLE

John Peyton

Who he's supporting: Mitt Romney

TAMPA

Pam Iorio

Who she's supporting: "As of now, I am not endorsing anyone."

PLANT CITY

Rick Lott

Who he's supporting: John McCain

CLEARWATER

Frank Hibbard

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."

MIAMI/DADE

Carlos Alvarez

Who he's supporting: John McCain

WEST PALM BEACH

Lois Frankel

Who she's supporting: Hillary Clinton