Elections office worker resigns to run for City Council
A former voter outreach coordinator for the Supervisor of Elections Office has filed to run for the City Council. Herold Lord, 26, resigned from his job in the elections office last week to seek the District 5 seat that represents East Tampa. Lord, who worked as an intern for Tom Scott when he was a county commissioner, is now seeking to replace Scott, who is running for mayor. Former elections supervisor Buddy Johnson hired Lord in 2007 to help with black voter outreach efforts. Lord went on to work for Phyllis Busansky, who defeated Johnson in the 2008 elections, and died less than a year later. Former schools superintendent Earl Lennard was appointed to replace her, and Lord continued his duties training poll workers and educating residents about the voting process. So far, five people have entered the District 5 race. They include Federal Express employee Stanley Gloster; social worker Lynette Judge; Sickle Cell Association president Frank Reddick; and Carrie West, owner of a gay-oriented gift shop in Ybor City. Read the story here.