Does Dick Greco's age matter?
Tampa voters will polled last month on a few mayoral candidates, including former Mayor Dick Greco who is toying with the idea of running again in March 2011. BayBuzz didn't receive a call, but reportedly voters were asked if Greco's age -- he'll be 77 on election day -- would influence their decision. Greco said he didn't have anything to do with the calls, and if he did, he certainly wouldn't have mentioned his age. Just as a reminder: Folks rumored to be considering a run for mayor include Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita, former commissioner Ed Turanchik, former City Council member Bob Buckhorn and former Congressman Jim Davis. The last time BayBuzz asked Davis about his plans he said he is indeed campaigning right now -- for light rail and redistricting.
In other Tampa city elections news, Frank Reddick has filed to run for the District 5 City Council seat now held by Tom Scott. Scott is running for mayor. Reddick, president of the Sickle Cell Association, made a failed bid for the council against Scott in 2007. He also served briefly as an interim council member when he was appointed in 2006 to replace Kevin White after his election to the County Commission. "I have received numerous calls from people in the district asking me to do it. That's why I'm going forward," he said. Meanwhile, Vincent Pawlowski, owner of an Ybor hotel that caters to gay men, has withdrawn from the District 5 race.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer