Rick Baker (mayor)

Rick Baker
Rick Baker, St. Petersburg 2017.jpg
Mayor of St. Petersburg
In office
April 1, 2001 - January 2, 2010
Preceded byDavid Fischer
Succeeded byBill Foster
Personal details
Born(1956-06-27) June 27, 1956 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joyce Baker
EducationFlorida State University (BS, MBA, JD)


Rick Baker (given birth to June 27, 1956) may be the previous mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Elected in 2001, he was reelected in November 2005 with an increase of than 70% from the votes cast.

Early life and education

Given birth to in Chicago, Baker is married to wife Joyce. While going to Florida State University or college, Baker was the Chief executive of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He also offered as the school's older class chief executive and president from the College student Senate. Baker includes a lengthy background in general management and legislation. Baker received a BS in general management, an MBA and Juris Doctor (honors) from Florida Condition University or college. He also analyzed comparative legislation for any semester overseas at University or college of Oxford. Baker offers practiced corporate and business and business legislation for twenty years, providing as chief executive of Fisher and Sauls, P.A., a St. Petersburg lawyer. Ahead of his election as mayor, Baker offered as the chairman from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Business. He's also the writer of two books, "Mangroves to Main Little league," a historic account from the advancement of the town of St. Petersburg and "The Seamless Town," a summation of Baker's period as Mayor where he lays out his eyesight for smart metropolitan renewal.

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Youth programs and education

Despite the fact that public academic institutions are run on the State level, during his period simply because Mayor, Baker produced education important. Spotting that quality education is certainly linked to creating a quality community Baker individually included and motivated commercial leaders and town personnel to partner and participate through the "Mayor's Mentors and Even more" plan. Baker raised personal donations utilized to send a huge selection of learners to university and vocational college and create corporate partners for every of St. Petersburg's 47 open public schools to greatly help offer financial support, products, volunteers etc. Town employees were urged to coach college students by giving workers 1 hour of paid keep every week to coach in the universities. At that time, 160 town workers participated in this program.Baker also developed the "A+ Casing" program, which gives financial assistance by means of an interest free of charge mortgage up to $18,000 for any deposit for St. Petersburg educators who purchase a house or condominium in the town. The loan is definitely changed into a grant after a decade of service like a instructor in St. Pete universities.Baker's "Doorways Scholars" system awarded more than 600 scholarships to at-risk middle college students. Awards had been made to 6th graders qualified to receive free or decreased lunch who stay static in college, maintain a C typical through senior high school graduation, maintain great carry out and attendance and so are drug and criminal offense free.In 2005, 38 percent from the city's universities improved their Florida state rankings predicated on FCAT test outcomes, compared to ten percent of Florida general public universities and 12 percent inside the Pinellas County college system.Beyond your classroom Mayor Baker launched the "Taking part in Near Home" objective with an objective of providing a playground within a half mile walk of each child in the town.After his first 5 years as mayor several pastors led a protest march to demand a finish to gang violence that had claimed the lives of 85 young African Americans.

Economic development and city services

During Baker's tenure St. Petersburg's metropolitan primary - the downtown waterfront and Midtown - underwent a dramatic change.Baker was relentless in recruiting businesses towards the Midtown region. Especially a supermarket, a full assistance postoffice, and a credit union. Historical gems had been also cut back alive. Notably, the Manhattan Gambling house was renovated, the Royal Movie theater was converted into a Young boys & Girls Membership for executing arts as well as the Seaboard place became house to the biggest clay company in america. A new wellness clinic opened up in the previous segregation period Mercy Hospital, and a collection, athletic areas, playgrounds and a pool.The downtown was transformed as over 1,000 new residential units were in construction, Improvement Energy (now Duke Energy) moved downtown, the city's Mahaffey Theater was renovated, the waterfront park system originated and a fresh building for the Salvador Dalí Museum was finished. Additionally, Baker brought a lot more than 10 top notch oceanographic institutions jointly to create the St. Petersburg Sea Group and oversaw the introduction of Beach Dr.

Second term

Baker's re-election system, called the "Baker Program", centered on five areas: education; financial development, especially in Midtown St. Petersburg; open public safety; neighborhood organizations; and enhancing the performance of city providers. Working against the Democratic Party seat, Baker was re-elected in 2005 to another term with over 70 percent from the vote, earning each and every precinct in the town.Baker's term expired on January 2, 2010, and he said he and his family members decided against a statewide marketing campaign. "I just have a couple of years remaining with my children in the home, and I simply desire to be with them. It's actually not a query of whether I believe I could earn, it's actually personal factors."

Return to public service

ON, MAY 9, 2017 Baker announced a run for Mayor, what will be his third term, against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman. For the measures of Town Hall, Baker needed a finish to partisan politics and criticized Kriseman's managing from the city's sewage problems. Baker criticized Kriseman's managing from the city's sewage problems where the town offers dumped about 200 million gallons of wastewater in to the bay and St. Petersburg's neighborhoods aswell as the latest loss of main Midtown businesses like the only supermarket.