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Civil engineer Jackie Toledo files for Tampa City Council District 6



Tampa civil engineer and entrepreneur Jackie Toledo filed papers Monday to run for Tampa City Council.

Toledo, 37, is running in District 6, the seat that council chairman Charlie Miranda is scheduled to leave next March because of term limits.

Born in Lima, Peru, Toldedo has lived in Tampa for nearly 25 years, graduating from Gaither High School and the University of South Florida. In addition to her job as an engineer, in which she specializes in transportation issues, she owns a small business, Tampa Creative Camp, a performing arts school for children. She has served on the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Council since 2009.

A first-time candidate, Toledo has five children and said she wants to serve on the City Council to make the city a place where her kids would want to live and raise their own families.

“I want to help in growing the city,” she said in a recent interview.

One of four single-member seats on the council, District 6 covers parts of South and West Tampa, plus center-city neighborhoods such as South Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights and Wellswood. Its neighborhoods include some of Tampa’s poorest and some of its richest.

Toledo joins a field of candidates that includes Guido Maniscalco, who has a West Tampa business selling vintage watches, and air conditioning company owner Tommy Castellano. Also mentioned as a potential candidate is Dr. Jason Wilson, the research director for the University of South Florida's emergency medicine residency program at Tampa General Hospital.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:30pm]


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