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Ed Turanchik reaches for yet another brass ring



TAMPA — The five candidates hoping to be Tampa's next mayor were asked at a recent forum to describe something big they've done, something memorable that showed leadership.

"I could take five days talking about that," said Ed Turanchik, kidding, but not much.

Turanchik has spent his adult life reaching for brass rings, not always successfully but often quite memorably: negotiating an end to the region's water wars and working to build the downtown hockey arena, but also pursuing local train transit, promoting a Tampa bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics and proposing development of the inner city on a massive scale. Turanchik says he alone has sought the sort of changes needed to pull Tampa out of its doldrums and toward its vibrant potential. That he has stumbled only gives him an appreciation of challenges.

"I've tended to reach for pretty steep heights," he said. "Sometimes the rocks roll back down on you. But you keep reaching."


This is the third in a series of St. Petersburg Times profiles of the five candidates to be mayor of Tampa. To read the entire story by Times staff writer Bill Varian, visit

[Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:26am]


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