Lisa Montelione seeks re-election to Tampa City Council

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Lisa Montelione is vying to keep her job as a Tampa City Council member.

The first-term council member filed to run on Tuesday.

“There are so many things that I’ve been working on in the first three and a half years that I want to see through and I want to develop even further,” Montelione said.

On that list are things like giving small businesses access to resources that would help them thrive and road and signage improvements between Busch Boulevard and Fowler Avenue.

But the thing she’s most passionate about is community organizing.

“I’m trying to improve the communications not just from the city to the constituents, but more importantly from the constituents to us,” she said.

Tampa city council could look a whole lot different after the 2015 Municipal Election

Both Charlie Miranda and Mary Mulhern are term-limited out.

So, there will be at least one new council member. Three people have filed to run for Miranda’s seat. Thomas Clark Castellano, Guido Maniscalo and Jackie Toledo have already begun fundraising. Toledo has the most in the bank -$41,889. Castellano has $17,185 and Maniscalo $13,639.98.

No one has filed to replace Mulhern because Miranda is expected to run for her citywide seat.

Montelione said it could be interesting.

“Anytime there’s a new council member the dynamic changes.”

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email