New City Council member facing foreclosure
Curtis Stokes, who was sworn in today as one of the newest Tampa City Council members, is facing forecosure on nine investment properties he owns on the edge of downtown. The council selected Stokes on Monday to fill the citywide District 3 seat left vacant by Linda Saul-Sena when she resigned last month to run for the Hillsborough County Commission. The board chose Yvonne Yolie Capin to replace John Dingfelder in District 4, who also resigned to run for county commission. The council made their choices after reviewing 66 applications and conducting two-minute interivews of the applicants. In a regular election, candidates have to file financial disclosure forms with the Supervisor of Elections office. But those forms aren't part of the application for interim council members. Read more about it here.
Some have suggested the process for selecting interim council members should be changed. Attorney Seth Nelson, a candidate for city council who applied for one of the interim jobs, has said he believes council elections should be moved from March in the year after November elections to March of the same year. Meaning, example, council elections would have been held in March 2010 instead of March 2011. That would reduce the likelihood that newly elected council members would resign to run for higher office. And if they did, it would trigger a special election because of the length of time left in their terms.
Janet Zink, Times staff writer