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Tampa council candidate gets early thumbs up from Mark Sharpe



Tony DeSisto, who wants to represent south Tampa on the City Council, was among those at a campaign event on the U.S. Navy's Victory Ship on Thursday night for Mark Sharpe, who's seeking re-election to the Hillsborough County Commission in 2010. Sharpe has endorsed DeSisto, a 25-year-old law student, in his first run for office in the 2011 city elections. Sharpe said he met DeSisto when the two worked on John McCain's presidential campaign. "We've worked together since then closely on a lot of issues," Sharpe said. "He's just a really good man."

DeSisto works for the Center for Special Needs Trust in Clearwater. He says his top priorities are bringing high-tech jobs to Tampa, consolidating services and cooperation with Hillsborough County, and water management. So what does he think of the City Council's discussion this week about asking voters whether they want to return treated wastewater to the drinking water supply? He would prefer not to put the matter on a ballot because there are too many questions about health risks. "I don't think all the information is out there," he said.

Others spotted at Sharpe's fundraiser were state Rep. Faye Culp, Democratic consultant Vic DiMaio and bicycling advocate Alan Snel. Snel said Sharpe has been a friend to bicyclists by pushing to connect the Upper Tampa Bay Trail to the Suncoast Trail, which would make it the state's longest paved trail. And he praised Sharpe this way: "He's not one of those ideological Republicans."

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:09pm]


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