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After his first day on the job, Andrew Warren celebrates his victory as State Attorney with well wishers

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While the efforts at criminal justice reform remain stalled in Washington D.C., the voting public showed up at the polls last year and indicated that they certainly want change at the local level. In Harris County, Texas (which encompasses Houston), Democrat Kim Ogg defeated Republican Devon Anderson by promising to overhaul drug prosecutions. In Jefferson County, Alabama, Charles Todd Henderson defeated GOP incumbent Brandon Falls in part by campaigning against the “mass incarceration of those with drug addictions and mental illness,” and by…

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Run-off elections prove fruitful for Tampa Democrats for second straight year

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Somewhat lost in the tumult over the infighting within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee this week is the fact that for the second time in less than two years, a Democrat has been elected to the Tampa City Council in a run-off election after finishing a distant second in the initial election. Luis Viera’s win by 63 votes in the District 7 race  came four weeks after he finished 2,469 votes behind Jim Davison in the Nov.8 general election. “We had…

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Cyril Spiro hasn’t made peace with Luis Viera after City Council election

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The Tampa City Council District 7 special election is officialy history, but the bad feelings between some of the candidates apparently aren’t. While newly-elected Councilman Luis Viera was being sworn in at City Hall on Thursday morning after defeating Jim Davison in a nail-biter of an election, Cyril Spiro was blasting his former opponent for “attempting to friend my FB friends as well as the FB friends of his other former opponents in the City Council race.” “If you get a friend…

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By only 65 votes, Luis Viera defeats Jim Davison in Tampa City Council special election

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By just 65 votes, Luis Viera defeated Jim Davison in the Tampa City Council District 7 special run-off election, taking 50.64 percent to Davison’s 49.36 percent, a difference of only a single percentage point. Viera received 2,588 votes to Davison’s 2,523, just 65 votes out of 5,120 cast. The special election was held to succeed Lisa Montelione, who was re-elected without opposition to the North Tampa district seat in early 2015. Last fall, Montelione announced that she would run for the state Legislature,…

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In debate, Jim Davison doesn’t dismiss idea of New Tampa secession from Tampa

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An interesting word popped up at a debate between Tampa City Council candidates for next week’s runoff election — “secession.” Ever since New Tampa was annexed in the late 1980s, some residents have been frustrated that they aren’t receiving the same city services as other Tampa neighborhoods, particularly downtown. During Tuesday night’s debate at the New Tampa Regional Library, District 7 candidate Jim Davison did not rule out the possibility of secession from the city of Tampa. “As far as splitting off and…

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Jim Davison leading Luis Viera, 42-35%, in Tampa City Council special election

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A plurality of voters in Tampa’s City Council District 7 continue to show support for emergency room physician Jim Davison, a new survey shows. Davison leads attorney Luis Viera by 42-35 percent, according to a new poll released Tuesday by St. Pete Polls. Twenty-three percent of voters say they are unsure. Davison, the only registered Republican in the original six-person field, took home the most votes in the November 8 contest, receiving 31 percent of the ballot. Viera, a registered Democrat, was second with 22…

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Lisa Montelione backs Luis Viera in runoff for Tampa City Council

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Lisa Montelione, who represented District 7 for the past five and-a-half years before stepping down two weeks ago to run for a state legislative seat, is backing Luis Viera in the runoff election to succeed her. “Luis is an outspoken advocate for Tampa’s families and has a dedicated record of working for this community,” Montelione said in a statement issued by the Viera campaign. “Luis Viera’s involvement in our community through work with the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board,…

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