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Early voting begins in Tampa for City Council runoff

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Early voting in the District 6 City Council contest between Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo has begun. It continues through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following poll places. ♦ C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library ♦ Fred B. Karl County Center, 16th Floor ♦ Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library ♦ North Tampa Branch Library ♦ Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center ♦ West Tampa Branch Library However, the only citizens who can vote in the contest are those who live in District…

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Guido Maniscalco & Jackie Toledo fight for momentum in Tampa City Council race

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Guido Maniscalco was on the campaign trail Sunday morning — just not that early. The change in Daylight Saving Time meant that the 30-year-old Democrat made sure he didn’t alienate potential voters by knocking on doors before noon. He was out and about, though, with more volunteers than ever to help him. He’s been given a second life but has a little more than two weeks to close his 17-percentage point gap behind Jackie Toledo. His 38-year-old opponent came in first…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.4.15 — Hillsborough School Board defies the critics (again) & goes with Eakins

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Yesterday was quite a day news wise. But before we talk City Council races, how about that Hillsborough County School District Board? They did it again yesterday — going against the sentiments  of the editorial writers and newspaper columnists who demanded they take on a national search to succeed MaryEllen Elia as the district’s superintendent. Instead, on a 4-3 vote, the board opted to hire interim superintendent Jeff Eakins, if he can come to terms on a contract by June 9. Two…

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Tampa Democratic political establishment says it will unite to defeat Jackie Toledo in District 6 race

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Although you would think that winning a primary election by 17 percentage points would make Jackie Toledo the prohibitive favorite going into the March 24 runoff Tampa City Council District 6 contest, there wasn’t a soul at Montauro’s restaurant in West Tampa Tuesday night who believed that. Certainly not after they heard a series of verbal attacks against the 38-year-old chemical engineer who nearly won the seat outright, getting 46 percent of the vote to second-place finisher Guido Maniscalco’s 29…

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Jackie Toledo, Guido Maniscalco to run off in Tampa City Council District 6 race

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As Mayor Bob Buckhorn cruises to easy re-election victory, facing only a write-in candidate, one Tampa municipal race has brought at least a modicum of drama, despite lower than expected turnout numbers. In the Tampa City Council District 6 contest — a guaranteed new face on the board — civil engineer Jackie Toledo will face jeweler Guido Maniscalco in a March 24 runoff. District 6 represents West Tampa and some of South Tampa. Toledo led in the three-way race with 46 percent, but it was not…

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Tampa voters voice their opinions on Election Day

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It is Election Day here in Tampa, and while the news so far today has been about the lackluster turnout, registered voters who have taken the time to vote certainly have opinions about some of the folks on the ballot. It wasn’t exactly bustling at the Seminole Heights Garden Center located on Central Avenue. While one poll worker at noon told us that she had seen about 30 voters come to the polls during the morning, the fact that a reporter was…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.3.15 — Democracy now in Tampa

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The most lackluster campaign that this reporter has covered in his 15 years living in Tampa comes to a conclusion tonight — at least for most of the candidates vying to win the five Tampa City Council seats up for election. There is really not much drama at stake. Though there has been a lot of coverage of the District 6 campaign between Republican Jackie Toledo, Democrat Guido Maniscalco and independent Tommy Castellano, it’s been about relatively trivial matters involving…

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