Tampa City Council Member Frank Reddick files to run for re-election

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Tampa City Council Member Frank Reddick is officially running  for re-election to the East Tampa District 5 seat.

Reddick told the Tampa Bay Times that District 5 is where residents have felt “neglected for years.”

“I want to continue to be that voice that helps bring positive change to District 5 and to the city of Tampa,” Reddick said in a statement on Wednesday announcing the filing of his candidacy.

In late 2006, Reddick, now 58, was appointed to serve District 5 but lost the election four months to former Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott. In 2011, Reddick replaced Scott, who left for an unsuccessful run for mayor.

During his time on the council, Reddick championed East Tampa, often at odds with either Mayor Bob Buckhorn or his administration.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for a renovated  Williams Park Pool, Buckhorn told the audience that Reddick “fought for this pool for a long time,” giving him credit for “constantly keeping pressure on me and this administration” to provide funds for the $1.3 million repair job after early signs suggested it might not happen.

According to the Times, Reddick’s accomplishments include persuading the Central Court Apartments property management company to spend $2.5 million on improvements; a series of pedestrian safety projects on Hillsborough Avenue after several accidents; calling for a sidewalk and streetlight on N 43rd Street after a pregnant mother and her unborn son were killed while walking along the unlit road.

He was also instrumental in the city’s ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

Reddick said that in a second term, he would work at improvements to the 29th Street and 34th Street corridors, as well as the Rainbow Heights Community Center on 34th, and advocate for more infrastructure and better street lighting.

“There is so much more that needs to be done,” Reddick said. “My goal is to be a strong advocate for my constituents.”

Reddick will face 48-year-old Tampa Police Sgt. Borthland Murray, who has been running since September. Murray feels he has keen understanding of the needs of East Tampa residents, over issues such as improved streetlights, safer parks and public spaces.

Murray also said he wants to see how to cut city spending and tackle Tampa’s top-heavy management bureaucracy.

Tampa city elections are in March.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.