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Tampa City Council hopeful Jim Davison cleared of elections complaint

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The Florida Elections Commission has dismissed a complaint made against Jim Davison in his race for the Tampa City Council District 7 race last fall.

Luis Veira defeated Davison last December in the special election to succeed Lisa Montelione, who stepped down from her seat to run for a state legislative seat.

In the days before the November 8 election, Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Ione Townsend had filed a complaint with the FEC, calling on the agency to look into the $1,000 campaign contribution made by the Hillsborough Republican Party to Davison’s campaign in October. The contribution was a violation of the Tampa City Charter, which says that a candidate for municipal office “shall not solicit or accept party funds or endorsements.”

Once informed that the contribution violated the Charter, Davison returned the donation.

FEC executive director Amy McKeever Toman contacted Davison earlier this month to inform him that the complaint that Townsend had filed against him “was legally insufficient,” and that the case was now closed.

Veira defeated Davison by just 65 votes to win the race last December. His victory came after he had finished second behind Davison in the original round of voting Nov. 8 in a six-person field.

Viera came in second, behind by nearly eight percentage points (31-22 percent), but came back to get 2,588 votes to Davison’s 2,523, besting him by just 65 votes out of 5,120 cast.

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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