And the St. Petersburg mayoral award goes to …

The St. Petersburg mayoral race (that clears its first hurdle next Tuesday in the primary election) would clearly work better as either a reality show or an awards ceremony. After watching the big mayoral forum last week sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9, I’m going with awards ceremony. The envelopes, please:

Best embrace of St. Pete Pride: Candidates Jamie Bennett, Kathleen Ford, Ed Helm, John Warren, Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman all said they would sign a city proclamation for gay pride.

Ronda Storms Award: For refusing to agree to recognize gay pride events, Paul Congemi, Bill Foster, Larry Williams and Richard Eldridge.