Initially 28 candidates were declared, but finally only three were admitted and confirmed: Mikhail Amosov, Alexander Beglov, and Nadezhda Tikhonova.
Until October 2018, Georgy Poltavchenko was the Governor of Saint Petersburg, his term expiring in 2019. In August 2018, Poltavchenko announced that he would run in 2019, but on 3 October 2018 President Vladimir Putin proposed him to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Shipbuilding Corporation. After the resignation of Poltavchenko, Alexander Beglov was appointed as the Acting Governor.
At the stage of candidate nomination, 28 people were declared. Some of these were supported by the leading parties in Russia. So Vladimir Bortko, member of the State Duma, was nominated by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation; Mikhail Mashkovtsev, former governor of Kamchatka Oblast was recommended by the Communists of Russia while Marina Shishkina, member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, and Nadezhda Tikhonova got a support of A Just Russia party. Boris Vishnevsky, member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, was nominated by the democratic Yabloko party. The Liberal Democratic Party supported a candidacy of Oleg Kapitanov, member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly.Mikhail Amosov was suggested by the Civic Platform, and the acting governor Beglov declared himself as independent.
Finally, only 3 candidates were admitted and confirmed their interest in participation: Amosov, Beglov and Tikhonova. Further 23 people were denied admission and 2 applicants (including Bortko) withdrew a candidacy.
During the pre-election discussions, other names were also mentioned as possible candidates but were not officially declared. Among these are Igor Artemyev, a head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (Yabloko); Igor Albin, former vice governor of St. Petersburg, former Minister of Regional Development (endorsed Beglov) (United Russia); Krasimir Vranski, a public figure, head of the public organization "Beautiful Petersburg"; Maksim Shevchenko, Member of the Vladimir Oblast Legislative Assembly; Oksana Dmitriyeva, member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, former member of the State Duma, ex-Minister of Labor and Social Development (Party of Growth); Ksenia Sobchak, former First Dauther of St. Petersburg, 2018 presidential candidate (Party of Changes).
Alexander Beglov was associated with the pro-Putin party United Russia despite his formal candidacy as an independent figure. Alexander Beglov was even before the election expected to win the election, with support from United Russia. However the election result still could not be completely predictable because of the fact that the ruling party, United Russia, has steadly declined in popularity since the summer of 2018 when it approved the retirement age hike in the State Duma (the opposition parties and overwhelming majority of population were against such a change). Many ordinary Russians henceforth consider a relation of any politician to United Russia as a fact that could compromise their reputation, which is why some people thought that protest votes were a possibility.
The table below represents the result of election. In fact, a positive acceptance of previous achievements of Beglov was not overweighted by emotions related to the pension reform.
|Alexander Beglov||United Russia||734 903||64,43|
|Nadezhda Tikhonova||A Just Russia||192 114||16,84|
|Mikhail Amosov||Civic Platform (Russia)||182 797||16,03|
|Non valid votes||30 840||2,70|
|T O T A L V O T E S||1 140 654||100,0|
|Non-voting||2 674 223||70,10|
|Voting||1 140 654||29,90|
|T O T A L||3 814 877||100,0|
These results were published on 11 September. From 18 September, Beglov is officially a governor of Saint-Petersburg.