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#25 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Yolie Capin

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The South Tampa representative is another member of the Tampa City Council who is keeping her options open as she contemplates life after March of 2019, when she is term-limited out of office.

Yolie Capin has been a key leader in the reengagement between Tampa Bay and Cuba, and has also led initiatives in the arts, community development and others.

“Yolie is a dynamic and strategic leader who is pushing our community into the future,” says Tucker/Hall executive Bill Carlson. “She works quietly behind the scenes to build consensus and get things done.”

Arguably the most progressive member of the seven-person council, Capin has never been shy with her stances on certain issues, nor reluctant to butt heads with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn when she thought it was appropriate.

She’s also spoken out on other public policy issues, saying shortly after the San Bernardino shootings in late 2015 that, “Assault weapons are intended to maim and kill humans,” she declared from the dais that morning. “We don’t want to this to be our new normal, or part of our existence.

This is Capin’s first time in cracking the top 25 list.

Joe Henderson’s Take

“Capin’s a first-timer for this list and I’m glad she made it. Keep an eye on her folks. One thing I like about Yolie is her willingness to say exactly what’s on her mind, even if it meant going up against Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. She hasn’t been mentioned widely as a mayoral candidate when Buckhorn leaves in 2019, but I wouldn’t rule her out.”

For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who made up the panel that amassed it, please read here.

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