- Phil Bardi
- Bob Kersteen (on the left) ran for City Council in 2011 (Charlie Gerdes & Josh Shulman are also shown)
Former St. Pete City Council member Bob Kersteen died early Saturday morning after undergoing cardiac arrest. He was 75.
Kersteen, a conservative Republican, was first elected to the council in 1995. He resigned in 2000 to run for the state House, but lost to Charlie Justice. Though he served as a volunteer for over two dozen community organizations, he always yearned to return to the council, but was never successful. He missed out on being appointed to the board when Rick Kriseman left in 2006, and lost to Herb Polson in 2007. He also lost his first bid for council in 1991.
Kersteen tried again two years ago for the District 1 seat representing West St. Pete. That was the first time that this reporter got to know the then 73-year-old.