Criminal charges dropped against Congemi
Paul Congemi has run for mayor a lot. The perennial candidate has never received more than a handful of votes in his previous runs in 2009 and 2013.
Congemi's latest mayoral bid was marred in January when he was charged with felony elder abuse. Police said his elderly mother ended up in intensive care in the hospital because of bed sores. Congemi said his mother had been without home care for three days while he changed providers.
He said he would stay in the race against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, who he has criticized for too liberal and too friendly to the city's large gay community.
Last week, investigators dropped the criminal charges, according to the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office. The case was closed on April 5.
Congemi's lawyer, Rex Blake, said his client had always maintained his innocence "in these wrongful accusations."
Anthony Cates III and Jesse Nevel have also filed paperwork for the election. The filing period ends in June.