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Attorney and radio personality Dominic Fariello considers running for Tampa City Council

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Dominic Fariello, a personal injury and criminal defense attorney who answers legal questions every Wednesday evening on 102.5 FM The Bone, is seriously considering a run for the Tampa City Council District 1 seat being vacated by Mike Suarez in 2019.

Among the issues the 43-year-old attorney says he would campaign on is how to make it easier to do business in the city.

“I’ve had my own personal experiences, where I’ve wanted to build a building in Hyde Park, and I’ve run into roadblocks. That has fallen through because of permitting … because of bureaucratic blockades, for lack of a better phrase,” he says, adding that he wants to see city leaders “not make it so damned hard to do things.”

Fariello also says the city needs a mass transit system.

“I think that a light rail or something equivalent would be the next logical step in the growth and projection of this city,” Fariello said. “If you don’t, you’re going to stay stagnant.”

Referring to how the city is changing and, hopefully, will continue to attract and retain millennials, he asked simply, “How the hell are they going to get around?

Fariello noted that, throughout the years, he’s had lawmakers, judges and law enforcement officials on his radio show, which has allowed him to learn about the political system.

In addition to having his own radio show, Fariello has been a regular presence on morning DJ Mike Calta’s show for nine years, giving him exposure that could help him break out in the District 1 race, depending on who else files for the seat.

Fariello says he’ll make a decision about running in 2019 sometime before this year’s holidays.


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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