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Bob Buckhorn ready to party on Election Night

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What a difference four years make.

On March 1, 2011, Bob Buckhorn and his supporters crammed into JJ’s Cafe and Bar in Ybor City, fingers crossed, hoping he would make it into the run-off election three weeks later. He did, barely, getting 384 more votes than Dick Greco.

Flash forward three weeks later, and Buckhorn held his victory night party in the much more spacious Channelside Bay Plaza, where he celebrated his trouncing of Rose Ferlita with hundreds of supporters. That was the same site that Pam Iorio held her victory party in 2003.

For next week’s re-election party, the mayor and friends will be getting down at Ulele, the hugely successful Gonzmart family-owned Tampa Heights eatery that opened last summer.

Ulele has also been the site of a couple of major fundraisers for City Council candidates Yolie Capin and Jackie Toledo last year.

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

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