Engineer Jackie Toledo announces run for Tampa City Council

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Jackie Toledo, a project engineer and mother of five, announced she is running for the Tampa City Council, District 6 seat opening in 2015.

Currently, term-limited board chair Charlie Miranda holds the seat. So far, Toledo will face both Thomas Clark Castellano and Guido Maniscalco.

“Tampa is my home. I live, operate a business, and raise a family here,” Toledo said in a statement released today. “Whether it is economic opportunity, education reform, crime, or infrastructure in need of repair, what happens in District 6 affects my neighbors and I every day.”

Toledo, who serves as a Senior Project Engineer at CPH Engineers in Tampa, said that she brings to the race diversity, job creation experience, and technical knowledge of the city’s infrastructure needs.

“My experience as a mom and owner of a performing art program for kids will guide my decisions on educating our kids and keeping them out of trouble,” she added. “While my background as an engineer will enable me to cut through the red tape of transportation and infrastructure issues.”

Toledo was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Tampa in 1989. She is married to Jose Toledo, and the couple has five children.

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