TAMPA, Fla. — Election day in Tampa is Tuesday.
On Tuesday, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Here’s a look at who and what is on the ballot. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name:
Seven candidates – Jane Castor, Harry Cohen, Dick Greco Jr., Christopher “Topher” Morrison, David Straz, Mike Suarez and Ed Turanchik – are vying to replace outgoing Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Term limits prevent Buckhorn from running again.
Voters may also choose to write in a candidate for mayor.
City Council District 1
Five candidates – Joseph Citro, Alan Clendenin, Davis Loos, Craig A. Newman and Walter L. Smith II – are vying for the seat currently held by Suarez, who is running for mayor.
City Council District 2
Three candidates are vying for this position. Incumbent city councilmember Charlie Miranda is running against John Godwin and Joe Robinson.
City Council District 3
Four candidates – John Dingfelder, Nicholas Glover, Stephen Lytle and Vibha “Ms. V” Shevade – are vying for the seat currently held by Yvonne Yolie Capin.
City Council District 4
Three candidates – Bill Carlson, Sal Guagliardo Jr. and Lee Lowry – are vying for the seat currently held by Harry Cohen.
City Council District 5
Five candidates – Ella K. Coffee, Todd “TC” Cole, Orlando Gudes, Jeffrey L. Rhodes and Ralph “The Computer Guy” Smith – are vying for the seat currently held by Frank Reddick.
City Council District 6
Incumbent Guido Maniscalco is running against Wendy Pepe for the seat.
City Council District 7
Incumbent Luis Viera is running against Quinton F. Robinson for the seat.
The Tampa City Charter was written with gendered language. The mayor and members of the city council are referred to with “he” pronouns. The amendment would update the language and remove “obsolete provisions.”
Amendment 2 would update how the boundaries of city council districts are drawn. It would require the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission to use the latest published census figures to determine the population of districts.
The amendment would allow each city council member to employ one full-time legislative aide. It also allows additional staff if approved by five members of the city council and if funds are in the budget.
If approved, the city of Tampa would have to post new proposed ordinances on its website at least one week before they’re approved before the city council.
The amendment would make the city clerk in charge of “the care and custody of all documents and artifacts of the city.”
The amendment clarifies which city employees have rights to appeal a grievance to Tampa’s Civil Service Board.
This amendment clarifies that the mayor’s absence from the city does not make the city council chairman the acting mayor until the mayor returns to the city.
With a two-thirds vote, the amendment allows the mayor and city council the power to appoint, tweak or dissolve certain city departments or boards. It would allow for the city council to establish, create combine or abolish certain departments or boards.
Exceptions to this amendment include the following departments or boards: legal, revenue and finance, internal audit, police, fire rescue, the civil service, city employees retirement fund, and the firefighters and police officers pension fund.
This amendment allows the mayor to choose the “duties of the officers and employees of the city,” as long as it is approved by the city council.
Heads of city departments would have to live within city limits.
If the head of the department lives outside of the city, they have one year to move. They could also apply for an extension under certain conditions.
This amendment would “increase the time the mayor has to submit an appointment” at the top of certain departments to 90 days. Current city law requires the mayor to fill the vacancy in 30 days.
The amendment clarifies that funds may be diverted from their original intent if they are used as provided in the document that authorities them.
The amendment gives the city permission to invest in any funds allowed under Florida law -- except for mortgage-backed securities.
This amendment allows standing boards to be created by an ordinance, and ad-hoc committees to be created by resolution upon recommendation or with approval of the mayor.
Amendment 15 would spell out the election process for mayor and city council to include “qualifications, election dates, the manner to fill vacancies and the date to take office.”
This amendment expands anti-discrimination protections. The amendment would expand said protections to include “sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, marital status, familial status, disability, gender identification, genetic information, ethnicity, and any others prohibited by law.”
The amendment would call for a review of the city charter every 10 years starting in 2027.
Anyone wanting to propose an amendment to the city charter would need to push the city council to create an ordinance or get a petition signed by 10 percent of the participants in the most recent city election.
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