The votes are in: Rick Kriseman elected new mayor of St. Petersburg

Kriseman wins 55% to Foster's 44%

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The votes are in and St. Petersburg has a new mayor.

Challenger Rick Kriseman won the election against incumbent Mayor Bill Foster. With 92 precincts reporting, Kriseman had 55 percent of the votes and Foster had 44 percent.

"We're all going to have to have a hand in building St. Petersburg's future," said Kriseman during his acceptance speech. "We can resolve the issues surrounding the pier and baseball," he said.

Mayor Foster said he called Kriseman to congratulate him before his concession speech. "I am leaving this city better than it was 4 years ago," said Mayor Foster, less than an hour after the polls closed.

Foster said he looks forward to spending time with his family when his term comes to an end.

CLICK THE VIDEO TO WATCH RICK KRISEMAN'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AND MAYOR FOSTER'S CONCESSION SPEECH IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Mayor Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman both voted with their wives on election morning in St. Pete.

The two have been in a head to head battle for months. 

They've debated issues such as public safety, the future of the Tampa Bay Rays in the city, as well as what's next for the Pier.

While they may differ on many issues, the future of the pier has been resounding with the public. 

Both have agreed voters made it clear they were looking for functionality first, form second.  Something "The Lens" design, devised under Mayor Foster's watch, admittedly didn't have.

"I think that pier vote really got people to wake up and say, 'you know what?  We do control what happens in our city,'" said Mayor Foster.

Kriseman, the Mayor-Elect, is expected to announce his transition plans Wednesday morning at St. Petersburg City Hall. 

Foster says he will meet with Kriseman later this week to begin the transition project, which includes filling him in on some of the inside baseball information on dealing with the Rays.

"Four years ago, I think that was the last real grass roots St. Pete election for the mayor of the city, that was four years ago, I think this will forever change the way mayor's races are done in St. Pete," Foster said.

Aside from the Mayoral race, St. Pete voters also weighed in on four district city council seats.

>CLICK THE LINK FOR ELECTION RESULTS: http://wfts.tv/1dLUIhH

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