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Capin capturing endorsements in Tampa City Council race



Tampa City Council candidate Yvonne Yolie Capin announced a flurry of endorsements this week: former University of South Florida president Betty Castor, County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, state Reps. Janet Cruz and Betty Reed, and the local Realtors and electricians unions.

Reed’s endorsement comes after confusion last month over her support for Capin. Capin had distributed campaign fliers that claimed she was endorsed by Reed, but Reed later told the St. Petersburg Times the fliers were inaccurate. Reed said she “supported” Capin, not endorsed her.

"Support and endorsement I see in two different ways," Reed said last month. "If you say you support someone, you can support a lot of people."

Capin said she put the endorsement on the fliers because she understood Reed had endorsed her.

Since the mix-up, Capin qualified for a runoff election versus former County Commissioner Chris Hart for the citywide District 3 City Council seat.

This week, Reed said she changed her mind and went ahead with an official endorsement. 

“We are friends and we have been friends for a long time,” Reed said Friday. “And she’s a good person and she will do good as a City Council member.”

There was similar confusion last month over Capin campaign fliers that featured an image of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and Capin with a message stating the pair urge citizens to vote. Castor said in a statement then that though she didn’t endorse Capin, she is a “hard worker and good listener as are others on the ballot.”

On Friday, Castor’s mother Betty, former state Secretary of Education and County Commissioner, formally endorsed Capin.

Dr. Jason Wilson, a former opponent in the District 3 race, also endorsed Capin this week.

Hart has been endorsed by the Tampa Bay Builders Association BAC-PAC, Associated Builders & Contractors, County Commissioner Victor Crist, and Michael Ciftci, another former opponent in the District 3 race.

-- Jack Nicas, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:56am]


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