Mary Mulhern files to run for re-election to Tampa City Council
City Council member Mary Mulhern this week filed for re-election to her city-wide District 2 seat. "I want to continue the work that I started," she said. "I want to make Tampa a city that works better, pushing for economic development, and making the city competitive regionally, nationally and globally." Mulhern, 51, was elected in 2007, defeating Shawn Harrison who was seeking to make the switch from a seat representing north Tampa to an at-large post. In the past four years, Mulhern has taken the lead on establishing an ordinance to allow community gardens and creating a citizens group to review the city budget. She also has been vocal on expanding trade relations with Cuba, and pushed unsuccessfully to add a high-speed rail stop at Tampa International Airport. So far, the only other District 2 candidate is 32-year-old Scott Strepina, who oversees business development efforts for Direct Marketing Concierge in Ybor City. Strepina, who holds a finance degree, said if elected he would bring his budget management skills to the council, which he honed working five years as an accounting manager and efficiency expert for Coca Cola Enterprises. "I’m looking forward to bringing that skill set to the city," he said. "I’m eager to dive into the budget and look for opportunities for cost savings." In other city election news, Council member Charlie Miranda, who represents West Tampa in his District 6 seat, said he plans to appear on the March ballot, but declined to say which council seat he’ll run for. He said there’s a possibility he’ll run for one of the city wide seats.