Sara Romeo drops out of Tampa City Council race
Sara Romeo on Saturday announced her withdrawal from the race for the District 1 Tampa City Council seat, citing a need to fulfill her obligations as executive director of Tampa Crossroads. "After consulting with board members and my close friends, we all agree that I can best serve the needs of our community by remaining at Tampa Crossroads and seeing through our many current and new projects that will benefit families in this community," Romeo wrote in an e-mail. The news comes less than a week after a St. Petersburg Times article drew attention to a possible violation of the city's ethics code if Romeo were to be elected. Romeo has been executive director of Tampa Crossroads for six years. The agency offers substance abuse programs and help for homeless people with a focus on female veterans. The city has a $3.7 million contract with Tampa Crossroads to develop affordable housing in east Tampa. According to City Attorney Chip Fletcher, Romeo, if elected in March, would have had to step down from her job at Tampa Crossroads or the city would have had to terminate the contract. Read more about it here.