Jackie Toledo adds over $16K in April for Tampa City Council campaign

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Tampa City Council candidate Jackie Toledo announced to $16,129 in her bid for the District 6 seat opening in 2015.

With $15,000 raised so far in May, the engineer and mother of five now has a total $31,219 in contributions, and spent only $321. Toledo said in a statement that April’s total is more than $15,000 better than any other candidate. Her fundraising advantage now stands at almost $22,000.

“I am overwhelmed and excited about the energy this campaign has created in Tampa. People from across the ethnic, political, and business spectrum are joining our team for a new future for Tampa,” she said. “My message of fiscal responsibility and economic growth along with identifying and celebrating the cultural diversity of Tampa is resonating. I am very excited moving forward and thank everyone who has joined the team and is working to better the lives of our residents.”

Currently, term-limited chair Charlie Miranda holds the District 6 seat. So far, Toledo is facing Thomas Clark Castellano and Guido Maniscalco.

Toledo serves as a Senior Project Engineer at CPH Engineers in Tampa and is chair of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council – Latinos Unidos. Recognized as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), she is the recipient of the 2002 Florida State Institute of Transportation Engineer of the Year.

A graduate of Gaither High School, Toledo received an academic engineering scholarship at the University of South Florida from the Latino Scholarship program.

Toledo was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Tampa in 1989, and is married to Jose Toledo.

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