Contenders emerging to replace Lisa Montelione on Tampa City Council
Assuming Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione resigns her seat to run for state House District 63, as she announced last week, some candidates already are considering running to replace her. Among them:
• Gene Siudut, longtime managing editor of Ybor City's La Gaceta newspaper, a Democrat and also a civic activist. Siudut says he's definitely interested.
• Mark Danish, a Democrat who once held the District 63 House seat. Danish, a retired teacher, has said in the past he'd be interested in the seat, and said this week he'll consider it.
• Tampa lawyer Luis E. Viera, a civic activist and Democrat, also confirms he's interested.
When the election would be held isn't clear. Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer said he has asked for advice from the city attorney's office, but believes it could be on Election Day in November 2016.