It’s only been within the last month that the men running to succeed Lisa Montelione on the Tampa City Council later year we’re allowed to file for her seat, but two of the four declared candidates are already in tight battle when it comes to fundraising in the District 7 contest.
Health care official Cyril Spiro raised $10,989 in May. That total includes six different contributors giving $1,000 to his fledgling candidacy.
Right behind him is La Gaceta staffer Gene Siudut, who raised $10,705 last month. That also includes a few $1,000 contributions as well, including one from Al Fox, the activist who has fought for decades for normalized American relations with Cuba.
There is no fundraising reports listed to date on the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website of the two other candidates in the race, retired Tampa Police officer Orlando Gudes and civil litigation attorney Luis Viera. Veira was recently endorsed in the race by Congresswoman Kathy Castor.
An election date for the District 7 race has yet to be set by Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. That will happen once Montelione submits her resign to run letter, which must come within the next few days.
Montelione announced last fall that she would run for the House District 63 seat currently held by Republican Shawn Harrison. She’s involved in a Democratic primary currently against Equality Florida staffer Mike Reedy.
The HD 63 seat is one that Democrats think they can take back from the Republicans this fall, because they did so back in 2012, the last presidential election contest.