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Tampa businessman ready to run for City Council



Cory Jeffries, owner of Tampa Pro Massage, says he's likely to run for Tampa City Council in March 2011.

"I'm working on putting together my campaign strategy, my platform," he said. "I can't make a formal declaration until I get all my ducks in a row." Jeffries, 45, said he will run for one of the citywide seats, but he hasn't decided which one yet. Jeffries is president of the Tampa Bay Business Guild, a Chamber of Commerce that caters to gay businesses. He said he is open about his sexual orientation, but he's not going to make it an issue. "That's not what I'm running to represent," he said. "Tampa is a very diverse community. I'd like to be one of the voices of the people in Tampa city government."

So far, only two candidates have filed to run for the three citywide council seats: Navy veteran Joseph Wendt in District 1 and attorney Seth Nelson in District 3. Lawyer Julie Brown said she will file soon to run for the District 1 post.

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:17pm]


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