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The special election for the Tampa City Council District 7 race is set

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced on Monday that the special election for the Tampa City Council District 7 race will take place on November 8, the same day as the presidential election.

There are four candidates running in the race to succeed Lisa Montelione, who has announced her candidacy to run in a state legislative seat, which will require her to step down from her seat this fall. They are: Dr. Cyril Spiro, newspaper editor Gene Siudut, attorney Luis Viera and former Tampa police officer Orando Gudes will all be on the November ballot.

Spiro raised $10,989 last month, the most of any candidate.

If none of the candidates get 50 percent of the vote, there will be a run-off election between the top two finishers on December 6.

Although Montelione has been running for the House District 63 seat since last fall, she did not submit her resign to run letter to the Council and Supervisor of Elections until June 10. That allowed Latimer to officially schedule the special election.

Candidates have until August 26 to qualify for the ballot by petition. Officially qualifying will take place between September 5-9.

 

 

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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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