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New poll shows Jim Davison leading Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Emergency room physician Jim Davison leads in a new poll of the Tampa City Council District 7 race, but the majority of those surveyed say they aren’t sure who they will be voting for yet in the Nov. 8 election. The survey comes from St.Pete Polls, an automatic robocall pollster, which interviewed 402 voters in the district from October 14 to 16. It has a margin of error at plus-minus 4.9 percent. Davison receives 27 percent of support in the poll, dwarfing his next closest…

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At forum, Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Orlando Gudes and Avis Harrison clash on policing

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A dispute about the police interacting with communities of color led to a fiery exchange between Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Avis Harrison and Orlando Gudes on Saturday. The candidates have been asked about the Black Lives Matter movement and the tense relationship between the police and the black community at campaign forums in recent days. At a candidates forum held at Bible-Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace on Saturday, Gudes, who retired from the Tampa Police Department in January after 26 years on…

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Tampa City Council District 7 candidates talk Cuban consulate and citizens review board

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Bob Buckhorn’s recent trip to China invoked charges of hypocrisy from critics, who compared his very different public stance when it comes to doing business with Cuba, another country known to violate human rights. Now two city council candidates who hope to join the current board next month are expressing similar sentiments. First some background: When it was announced the mayor would travel to Lanzhou, China last month to establish a sister-city connection initiated by USF Health, there were definitely a few people in Tampa who expressed irritation regarding the apparent…

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Tampa City Council District 7 candidates disagree on stormwater tax

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Last month, the Tampa City Council gave its approval to Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposal for a $251 million drainage improvement program. T he new fee starts at $45 per year for the owner of a medium-sized home, ultimately rising to $89.55 annually after six years. The tax will be higher with those with bigger homes, and less with those with smaller homes and less pavement. Businesses will also pay the fee. The six-member board (Yolin Capin was absent) voted 4-2 in favor of the…

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Tampa Fire Fighters endorse Luis Veira in Tampa City Council District 7- union head explains why

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(Updated) Attorney Luis Veira got a boost to his campaign for the Tampa City Council District 7 race on Monday when he received the backing of the Tampa Firefighters AFF Local 754. But that endorsement is being attacked by some of his opponents, who claim it’s rigged because they never had the opportunity to make their case before the union. However, the head of the union says they shouldn’t have any beef. “I’m very disappointed,” said retired Tampa police officer Orlando Gudes,…

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Avis Harrison declares her candidacy in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Avis Harrison filed papers to run for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat last week, but only now is discussing who she is and why she’s running for office. “Our community has to fight for everything. From our own ambulance to our own fire truck, to expanded community policing to traffic improvement and drainage plans, District 7 is always last.Well, I refuse to let us continue to be last and that’s why I’m asking my friends and neighbors to send…

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Two new candidates jump into the Tampa City Council District 7 race

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The field of candidates vying to fill in the remaining 2.5 years of Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Monteleone’s term in office has increased in the past two days. On Thursday, Avis Harrison entered the District 7 contest, and on Friday, Jim Davison filed to run in the North Tampa seat. The 61-year-old Davision, an emergency room physician, is no newcomer to public policy issues in the city and county. He’s served on a number of advisory boards and task forces over…

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