Two-time mayoral candidate Anthony Cates netted 388 votes in the Aug. 29 mayoral primary, finishing fifth out of six candidates on the ballot with 0.69% of the 56,509 ballots cast.

On Monday, Cates threw his support in the Nov. 7 election behind incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.

In a statement, Cates said Kriseman was the better choice for the city over former mayor Rick Baker.

“Over the past month, I have seen firsthand the perspectives and agendas of both candidates in the upcoming election. Mayor Kriseman’s honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our community’s most pressing issues—such as affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development—is reassuring. Mayor Kriseman’s determination to understand and correct wrongs in our community sets him apart from his opponent.

“I consider St. Petersburg home, and if we want our city to move forward—not backwards—then Rick Kriseman is the only choice for mayor.”

Mayor Rick Kriseman praised Cates’s civic activism, saying he welcomed his endorsement.

“I am very proud to have earned Anthony’s endorsement. Anthony is an outstanding member of our community who truly cares about the the progress of St. Petersburg. He has been a longtime advocate for so many important issues in our community like affordable housing, investing in our youth, and prioritizing economic development. I’m honored to have his support as we fight to move St. Pete forward.”

Cates, 27, is active in a group engaged in finding job opportunities and training for youth. He is a Walmart manager.

In 2013, Cates finished fourth out of five candidates on the ballot with 376 votes.

Cates is the first of the four minor candidates to formally give his endorsement for mayor. Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, Jesse Nevel and Paul Congemi haven’t endorsed anyone yet.

 

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