Dingfelder may run for City Council
Former City Council member John Dingfelder, who lost his recent bid for a County Commission seat, said Tuesday he may try to return to the council in Tampa's March elections. His candidacy would call into question a new city rule that prevents council members who don't finish their term from running in the next city elections. Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena resigned from the council in June to run for the commission, and both have said they think the new rule targets them specifically. Dingfelder said he likely would take the city to court and ask a judge to decide whether the law is constitutional before he formally enters the race. If he does run, it will be in District 1. That would pit him against current council member Curtis Stokes, who pushed the law barring Dingfelder from elections. Other District 1 candidates are University of South Florida student Christopher Cano and West Tampa businessman Guido Maniscalco. Read more about it here.