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Bob Buckhorn endorses Luis Viera in for Tampa City Council

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is endorsing Luis Viera in the race to represent District 7 on the City Council. The mayor had remained silent through much of the campaign, but recent comments by Vierra’s opponent, Jim Davison, regarding the possibility of New Tampa seceding from the rest of the city has prompted the mayor to weigh in. “The more I’ve paid attention to this race, the more it became clear that one candidate had the temperament to work with fellow council members and…

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Jim Davison erupts at Luis Veira after Trump joke during second District 7 debate

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The relative comity between Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Luis Viera and Jim Davison exploded about fifteen minutes into their second debate on Wednesday night, when Viera criticized a Davison proposal that would keep the idea of New Tampa seceding from the rest of the city  on the table when negotiating for more services to come to the district. “That is a proposal that is adversarial, that is nonproductive and it is a nonstarter,” Viera said while speaking at…

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Luis Viera has now raised more than $100K in bid for Tampa City Council seat

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With a little more than a week before the run-off election in Tampa’s District 7 City Council race, attorney Luis Viera has now raised more than $100,000 in his bid to succeed Lisa Montelione. Viera faces Jim Davison in the December 6 special election, and the latest public poll shows Davison leading Viera, 42 percent to 35 percent. Davison took the most votes in the November 8 primary, getting 31 percent to Viera’s 22 percent. Two of the four candidates who also…

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Jim Davison reacts to Tampa Bay Times endorsing Luis Viera in City Council District 7 seat

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The Tampa Bay Times is recommending Luis Viera for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat, prompting his opponent, Jim Davison, to label it as an endorsement of “the status quo” on taxes and investment in the City of Tampa. Davison and Viera are locked in a battle to win the run-off in the special election to succeed Lisa Montelione on Dec. 6. In their editorial published Monday, the paper writes that while both candidates are serious and on top of…

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Avis Harrison endorses Jim Davison in Tampa City Council District 7 contest

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Jim Davison has picked up the endorsement of Avis Harrison in his race against Luis Viera for the Tampa City Council District 7 runoff election next month. Harrison is the second candidate in the original field of six to now back Davison, following Cyril Spiro‘s endorsement earlier this week. “I have been able to speak with Jim and his competitor in this election and believe that Jim has far more experience and is truly concerned with helping ALL of District 7,” Harrison…

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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Shawn Harrison is backing Jim Davison in Tampa City Council runoff

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Shawn Harrison, a former Tampa Council member representing District 7 who was re-elected to the Florida House last week, is backing Jim Davison in the District 7 runoff election next month. Davison will face Luis Veira in the special election runoff for the Tampa City Council seat on December 6. “Luis is a good man but Jim has been a stalwart champion for New Tampa for 20 years,” Harrison wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “He is well known in…

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