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Yolie Capin endorses Gene Siudut in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Gene Siudut’s bid to win the Tampa City Council District 7 special election received a boost with the endorsement of Councilwoman Yolie Capin.

“I’ve known Gene for a long time and I believe he is as passionate about the continued success of the city and its citizens as I am,” Capin said Friday afternoon. “His years of public service and compassionate advocacy for the people of our city make him a perfect fit for our city council. I am delighted at the prospect of working together with him in continuing my mission to improve the quality of life for all of Tampa’s citizens and I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for Tampa City Council.”

In response to Capin’s endorsement, Siudut stated, “To know her is to respect her and having had the pleasure of knowing her heart both as a councilwoman and before her jump into public service, there are few people who can match her kindness and compassion. If I can live up to the honor of her endorsement, I will have done my job as a human being and hopefully, as a councilman.”

Capin is the third member of the current Council to weigh in on the contest to succeed Lisa Montelione, who is vacating her seat to run for the state House. Council Chairman Mike Suarez has backed attorney Luis Viera, and Frank Reddick is behind Orlando Gudes.

Siudut is an assistant to the editor and pens a column at La Gaceta, the weekly Ybor City-based newspaper. He’s a New Jersey native who’s lived in Tampa since 1999.

In addition to Capin, he’s also been endorsed by County Commissioner Ken Hagan, School Board Chair April Griffin, former USF President Betty Castor, former State Rep. Sara Romeo, former County Commissioner Joe Chillura, Emerge PAC, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 123, Food and Commercial Workers Local 1625, and Laborers’ Local 517.

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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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