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St. Pete mayor Kriseman endorses Scourfield-McLauchlan for Fla. Senate

Mayor Rick Kriseman on Friday announced his backing of Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan in her bid for the Florida Senate District 22 seat.

“This is a step in the right direction not just for St. Petersburg but for the whole region,” Kriseman said. “We need her advocating for our working families across her district.”

Kriseman’s endorsement of a fellow Democrat as she gears up against incumbent Republican Jeff Brandes isn’t exactly a surprise; he’s supported other Democratic candidates.

But the decision to hold a media event marking the endorsement, with a dozen or so campaign volunteers waving signs, may reveal how Democrats view this race.

“This is really a competitive seat,” McLauchlan said. “It’s a 50-50 district, so every vote will make a difference.”

More on this story later at TBO.com.