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Augie Ribeiro eyeing St. Pete City Council

Former state senate candidate Augie Ribeiro is eyeing St. Pete City Council

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Former state senate candidate Augie Ribeiro is eyeing St. Pete City Council



ST. PETERSBURG — A recent arrival to local politics, Augie Ribeiro made a big splash when he entered a state senate Democratic primary last summer with a boatload of money.

The succesfull attorney finished last in a field of four to the eventual winner, Darryl Rouson, but Ribeiro isn't done with Pinellas County politics yet.

Ribeiro, 52, is pondering another big splash, this time into a crowded field for the St. Petersburg City Council seat of Karl Nurse, who has hit his term limit. Ribeiro lives in District 6, which stretches from Midtown through downtown into Old Northeast.

"I'm looking at it. I'm considering it," Ribeiro said in a phone message Friday afternoon.

The demographics of District 6 have shifted markedly in recent years. Once heavily African-American, recent demographics — partially due to a boundary shift several years ago — now has a white voter majority.

Ribeiro, the son of Portuguese immigrants,  has lived fulltime in St. Petersburg for more than three years.

He hasn't made a final decision yet, he said.

The filing period ends in June. The primary is Aug. 29.

Ribeiro is close to Mayor Rick Kriseman. Were he to enter the race, he would radically alter the city's political calculus.

NAACP president Maria Scruggs, CRA Advisory Board member Corey Givens, Uhuru-affiliated candidate Eritha "Akile" Cainion, John Johnson, James Jackson and Sharon Russ have already filed for the seat.

[Last modified: Friday, April 7, 2017 7:39pm]


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