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Early voting begins in Tampa for City Council runoff

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Early voting in the District 6 City Council contest between Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo has begun. It continues through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following poll places.

♦ C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library

♦ Fred B. Karl County Center, 16th Floor

♦ Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

♦ North Tampa Branch Library

♦ Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

♦ West Tampa Branch Library

However, the only citizens who can vote in the contest are those who live in District 6, which encompasses West Tampa, Seminole Heights and parts of South Tampa.

Toledo, a native of Peru, is running for office for the first time. The 38-year-old transportation engineer would be the only Republican on the current council if elected.

The 30-year-old Maniscalco ran as a Republican in the 2011 City Council District 1 race, but didn’t make it into the runoff (Mike Suarez ultimately took the seat). He’s now a Democrat, but barely made it into the runoff against Toledo earlier this month. She took 46 percent of the vote on election night to Maniscalco’s 29 percent. Air conditioning contractor Tommy Castellano received 25 percent. He endorsed Maniscalco on election night.

The runoff election ends on Tuesday, March 24.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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