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Tampa Bay Builders Association endorses Luis Viera in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Attorney Luis Viera has been endorsed by the Tampa Bay Builders Association for the Tampa City City Council District 7 seat.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by TBBA — a leading trade association dedicated to building a better Tampa,” Viera said in a statement. “The residents of District 7 have a clear choice in this city council election. I have been a community leader in Tampa my entire adult life and these key endorsements reflect the resolve, dedication, and qualifications needed on city council. “

Viera is one of six candidates running for the North Tampa seat, being vacated prematurely by Lisa Montelione, who is running for the state Legislature. In addition to builders’ endorsement, Congresswoman Kathy Castor and City Council Chair Mike Suarez are also backing his candidacy.

Viera has been by far the most prolific fundraiser in the contest, raising nearly $59,000 as of Sept. 16.  The next-closest candidate in terms of fundraising is doctor and businessman Cyril Spiro, who has raised less than half of that ($28,917).

The election takes place Nov. 8.

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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