Barcena files to run for Tampa City Council District 1; Meyers files for District 4
TAMPA — Two races for Tampa City Council continue to pick up candidates, with restaurateur Rick Barcena filing to run in District 1 and attorney Dennis Meyers filing in District 4.
Barcena, 47, co-owner of the Rigatoni Tuscan Oven restaurant on W Kennedy Boulevard, is running to replace Gwen Miller, who will leave her citywide seat because of a term limit.
The City Council’s priorities should include making Tampa more friendly to business, he said. Among other things, that should include reviewing the city’s fee structure and comparing it to comparably sized cities.
“You’ve got to take a look at the whole picture,” he said.
Barcena ran for the same seat in 2007, finishing fifth in a six-person primary. In this election, he joins a field that includes University of South Florida graduate student Christopher Cano; West Tampa businessman Guido Maniscalco; and current council member Curtis Stokes, who was appointed to the at-large District 3 seat after Linda Saul-Sena resigned to run for the County Commission.
And that may not be all. Former City Council member John Dingfelder is considering whether to run in District 1.
Like Saul-Sena, Dingfelder resigned from the council to run for the County Commission this year. Two days after they both lost, the council adopted a rule prohibiting council members who don’t finish their term from running in the next city election.
Now Dingfelder is weighing a legal challenge to the rule. He expects to make that decision in a week or two.
In District 4, which covers South Tampa, Meyers filed his papers Wednesday, saying the City Council should act as a partner to spur job growth and make Tampa a magnet for good jobs that pay well.
“Being a small-business owner and being involved in the (South Tampa) chamber (of commerce), one of my things is going to be to promote the central engine of growth in Tampa and that’s small business,” he said.
Meyers, 42, has lived in Tampa 10 years. While in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he served as a hospital corpsman with the Marine Expeditionary Force in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. He is a partner in the law firm of Barr, Murman & Tonelli, where his practice consists of civil litigation.
Also in the District 4 race are Joseph V. Citro, Tony DeSisto, Harry Cohen and Julie Ann Jenkins. The District 4 seat is currently held by Yvonne Yolie Capin, who has filed to run for the at-large District 3 seat.