Tribune endorses Suarez, Mulhern and Wilson for Tampa City Council

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All seven Tampa City Council seats are contested this year and voters don’t lack for solid candidates. We interviewed all 28 candidates and were impressed by most.

Decisions in many of the races were tough, and a number of the candidates who failed to win our support would likely make excellent elected officials. Some need a little more experience but would make strong candidates in the future. Our choices were based partly on the candidates’ views and credentials and partly on the need for a council that represents a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Today we address the three citywide districts: 1, 2 and 3.

While we felt all the candidates would serve effectively, Suarez’s balanced views of government, business and the community were impressive. In the race for District 1, the Tribune supports

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.