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Rick Kriseman elected mayor of St. Petersburg

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Rick Kriseman has been elected the next mayor of St. Petersburg.

Kriseman won with roughly 55 percent of the vote.

"Our city's future is brighter than ever," Kriseman told supporters in his victory speech.

Mayor Bill Foster conceded the race just before 8 p.m.

"I am leavinging the city better than it was four years ago," Foster said.

Foster said he planned to meet with Kriseman sometime later this week to discuss the transition.

In the meantime, he said he left Kriseman with these words:

"She's all yours, don't break it."

Kriseman used his victory speech to point out the unresolved issues the city faces, like Pier and the Rays.

He also mentioned poverty and rising crime rates in south St. Petersburg.

"When one area of St. Petersburg is failing, we are all failing," Kriseman said. "We can make all areas of this city…as vibrant as downtown and northeast."

Kriseman is former state lawmaker and city council member. Though municipal elections are non-partisan, Kriseman benefited from a professional campaign staff and financial support from the state Democratic Party.

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