Best Of 2021

Best way to ruin your chances at mayor before even running: Robert Blackmon

Robert Blackmon

Most of Robert Blackmon’s supporters point to his plans for Midtown, low-interest mortgages and the Rays as reasons to support him in his campaign to be St. Petersburg’s next mayor, but most everyone else can’t look past recent alleged tenant abuse at rental properties he owns. And nevermind alleged social media posts saying things like, “Just bought a 5 unit apartment building downtown. Now to kick out the tenants and start renovations…” and references to a grandma, mom and 3-year-old (“3 generations of.... SLUTS ON PLANE!!”). A late September poll shows Ken Welch with a 17-point lead over Blackmon, but 11% of voters are still undecided, and you never know in this day and age.