Sara Romeo kicks off Tampa city council campaign
Former state House member Sara Romeo launched her campaign for Tampa City Council this week. She's running for the citywide District 1 seat. She earned the most vocal response to her kick-off event remarks when she spoke in favor of expanding trade between the Port of Tampa and Cuba. Romeo also highlighted the importance of safe neighborhoods, light rail and mass transit, pedestrian and bike-friendly streets, cultural meeting places and a living wage. And she talked about assisting homeless people. "We need to give them a little bit of help and a hand-up," she said.
The event drew a who's who of local Democratic party officials and former and current office holders. Among them: Former state Rep. Mary Figg, who introduced Romeo; Betty Castor; party chair Pat Kemp; state Rep. Betty Reed; former state Sen. Les Miller; and city council members John Dingfelder, Mary Mulhern and Gwen Miller. Miller currently holds the District 1 seat, but is term-limited out of it. She said not to interpret her appearance at Romeo's event as an endorsement. "I'm waiting to see who else gets in," she said. So far, only political newcomer Guido Maniscalco has filed to run for the post.
Romeo is a long-time Tampa and Ybor City businesswoman. She now is executive director of Tampa Crossroads rehabilitiation center, which features a program for homeless female veterans.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer