Curtis Stokes announces Tampa City Council run
Curtis Stokes announced today he plans to run for the city wide District 1 council seat in Tampa's March elections. Council member Gwen Miller is term-limited out of the post. Stokes now holds the District 3 seat. He was appointed to the position in July when Linda Saul-Sena resigned to run for county commisison. On an application he filled out when seeking the appointment, Stokes said he didn't plan to run for the council. But in a news release, Stokes said: "After careful thought and deliberation I have decided to throw my hat into the ring." It's a little hard to believe the idea just occurred to him. He told Bay Buzz nearly a year ago that he planned to run for the District 2 council seat now held by Mary Mulhern.
So far, former state Rep. Sara Romeo and West Tampa businessman Guido Mansicalco are in the District 1 race. Stokes currently works as vice president of community affairs at Fifth Third Bank. He previously served as chairman of the Hillsborough County NAACP and recently received the Malcolm X Award from the the Council on American Islamic Relations for his work promoting social justice and equality in civil rights.