City candidates work the polls on Election Day
Sure, the first returns from today's election aren't even in yet. But it's not too early to start thinking about Tampa's March elections. Candidates in those contests were out in full force today, collecting signatures at polls to qualify them for the ballot. Former Hillsborough County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik (pictured at right) and his supporters used ironing boards as a prop. Turanchik said they provide a solid platform for the papers and work nicely with a pitch that he wants to solve the city's "pressing problems." Mayoral hopeful Tom Scott, currently City Council chairman, was also making the rounds. Larry Timmer, a retired Tampa police officer, was collecting names on behalf of Rose Ferlita in south Tampa. Timmer said he met Ferlita when he patrolled the Seminole Heights neighborhood where she had her pharmacy. "She speaks her mind and I appreciate that," he said. Scott Strepina, a candidate in the city wide District 2 council seat, swung by the Bel Mar Presbyterian Church in South Tampa with his petitions during a campaign stop by Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott. And District 6 council candidate Kelly Benjamin (pictured at left) predicted that after working the polls during early voting and on Election Day, he'd have all the signatures he needs to qualify for the ballot by day's end.