Julie Brown says she'll run for Gwen Miller's Tampa seat in 2011
Attorney Julie Brown says she's going to run for Tampa's citywide District 1 seat in 2011. That's the post Gwen Miller holds now.
In 2007, Brown ran a tough, but losing, race against John Dingfelder for South Tampa's District 4 seat. The contest turned into a fundraising battle that was so exhausting for Dingfelder that he tried to get the City Council to pass restrictive campaign finance laws after his victory. Brown also got some heat when auto dealership owner Jason Kuhn collected contributions for her campaign from employees and then reimbursed them. Kuhn said he didn't know his actions were illegal, and immediately rectified the situation. Brown said she'll have more financial controls in place this time around. "Some of the people that really wanted me to win were overzealous and did things I wouldn't have done," Brown said.
Brown is a former assistant city attorney who now is serving her second term on Tampa's Architectural Review Commission.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer