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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…

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Cyril Spiro narrowly leads Gene Siudut in fundraising in Tampa City Council District 7 contest

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It’s only been within the last month that the men running to succeed Lisa Montelione on the Tampa City Council later year we’re allowed to file for her seat, but two of the four declared candidates are already in tight battle when it comes to fundraising in the District 7 contest. Health care official Cyril Spiro raised $10,989 in May. That total includes six different contributors giving $1,000 to his fledgling candidacy. Right behind him is La Gaceta staffer Gene…

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Kathy Castor endorses Luis Viera in soon to be announced Tampa City Council District 7 election

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Although there’s not even an election officially scheduled yet, Tampa attorney Luis Viera has won a key endorsement already in the four-person race to succeed the departing Lisa Montelione in the Tampa City Council District 7 seat. It comes from Congresswoman Kathy Castor. “As an active member of our Tampa community, including work in the City of Tampa Civil Service Board, with the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and with his Autism Foundation, Lawyers Autism Awareness Foundation, he has proven to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.2.16 — What’s happening with the TPP?

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When people say that Bernie Sanders has pushed Hillary Clinton to the left, there is no greater issue to prove that point than her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a huge deal between the U.S., Canada and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that’s been under negotiation for over a decade. Its aim is to phase out thousands of tariffs, open markets and impose new trade rules, including for labor rights and environmental standards. Critics contend the document is full…

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Orlando Gudes latest entrant to Tampa City Council District 7 race

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(UPDATED) Former Tampa Police officer Orlando Gudes announced on Wednesday that he has filed to run for the City Council seat in District 7 that will be vacated by incumbent Lisa Montelione later this year. He now joins Gene Siudut, Luis Veira and Cyril Spiro in announcing their candidacies for the seat, which encompasses New Tampa, north Tampa and the University of South Florida/Busch Boulevard areas. “I’ve been fighting for our families my whole life, Gudes said in a statement.…

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Tampa attorney Luis Viera on why he wants to become Tampa’s next City Councilman from District 7

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Tampa attorney Luis Viera, the latest entrant into the special election to replace District 7 Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Monteleone this year, says he can totally relate to Monteleone’s recent reluctance to join the rest of her colleagues in approving Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request for approval to spend $35.5 million to remake Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in West Tampa. “This is too expensive,” said Montelione, who said her north and New Tampa district covers more land than any other, but has…

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