After a somewhat subdued campaign — at least compared to the city’s last mayor’s race in 2017 — St. Petersburg overcame its segregated past and elected Ken Welch, scion of a family long prominent in the city’s Black community, as its mayor.

Ken Welch seemed almost destined to be the one to break that racial barrier.

His father, the late teacher, accountant and civic activist David Welch, was known as a political power broker in the city’s gas plant area and became the second black City Council member in the St. Petersburg’s history.

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