With Lisa Montelione scheduled to resign from the Tampa City Council this year to run for a state House seat, another candidate has surfaced for her District 7 seat.
Cyril Spiro works in health care data analytics and has been on the board the Cory Lakes Isles Community Development District board for the past five years, chairman for the past year.
Spiro also created the nonprofit Sunshine Board Cooperation, which utilizes online workshops and forums to give the Cory Lakes Isles community a chance of expressing their opinions.
“I like to use technology to enhance democracy,” he said. “We’ve been able to do that by giving people more of a voice within our district about the things that they want, and how they feel about various activities, and how we spend our budget, and I’ve even used it to negotiate better contracts with developers that have made a significant financial difference for the community.”
Spiro wants to bring that same level of enhanced technology to City Hall, and said in a way he already has, helping out Montelione to survey her constituents on a specific issue.
“We ended up doing two surveys of her district to get more information on an issue that she ultimately voted on, as well as just getting a general idea on how the community feels about where the budget should be spent, ” he said. “I saw right then and there that it was very effective.”
District 7 has a very diverse population. It encompasses New Tampa, Forest Hills, Terrace Park and the USF area.
The 45-year-old Spiro said different areas in the district have different concerns. In the New Tampa area, those concerns are about transportation, whereas in the Fletcher/Fowler area, the issues are more about crime and an improved retail climate.
“My goal would be to make sure that the citizens of our district are heard, and that the very clear objectives are made to the members of the government so they are contemplating exactly what we need during the budget cycle, and not afterward,” he said.
With Montelione already declared her candidacy in the House District 63 race, state law requires her to resign and vacate her council seat by June 10.
La Gaceta contributor Gene Siudat has already entered the contest, and attorney Luis Viera has previously said he is considering a run, though has not officially entered the race.