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District 6 (Midtown, Old Southeast)
Council Chair Karl Nurse is hoping for another four years, and he’s meeting minimal resistance. Activist Sharon Russ and small businessman Trevor Mallory are his challengers. Russ has been relatively absent on the campaign trail. Mallory, a former pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays system, is manager of Onyx, the downtown club formerly known as Scene that was plagued by charges of underage drinking and other incidents. He says he’d like to see more community policing and said the city should hire more black police officers.
District 8 (Historic Kenwood, North Kenwood, Disston Heights, Central Oak Park)
Amy Foster has received most of the major endorsements in the race and at 35 is the youngest candidate on the ballot. A former executive with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, she currently works for a company seeking to increase gender parity in STEM education.
Steve Galvin, 55, owner of a music and sound studio, is also an attractive candidate. He was impressing voters until the Tampa Bay Times’ Anna Phillips reported that he had lied on a campaign questionnaire regarding whether he had ever had children or been sued.
The truth was that he’d had what he calls a one-night stand with a woman in 2004, but has been denied contact with that child ever since.
A disqualifying event? In the age of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner, it would hardly seem so.
But the fallout from that revelation has been hard to ignore. Galvin’s campaign manager, Johnny Bardine, quit less than 24 hours after the story went online. Then Galvin’s wife, a 23-year employee in the city attorney’s office, had to unceremoniously “retire” after Phillips revealed that she had violated city policy by using city computers and her work email account to advocate for her husband’s election.
Robert Davis and Alex Duensing round out the race.
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