Guido Maniscalco has filed to run for the city-wide District 1 Tampa City Council seat. Elections are in March 2011. Maniscalco is a 25-year-old USF graduate whose family owns Guido Morana Jewelers in West Tampa. He said his top priority is fiscal resposibility, and promises to scour the city budget for wasteful spending. He also proposes better support for police, firefighters and small business. So far, former state representative
Sara Romeo and businessman
Joseph Wendt are seeking to replace
Gwen Miller in the seat, who is facing term limits.
Kevin Merchant, who works at a hospital call center, has filed to run for the District 7 seat that represents New Tampa. "People my age, our voices aren't heard and we need a representative in office who can speak out for us," said Merchant, who is 21. Merchant said he's particularly concerned about unemployment, and he opposes light rail. "I really don't think that many people will use it, and it costs way too much money. We need to spend our funds more wisely," he said. In March, Merchant will face hair salon owner
Joseph Caetano, who is running for re-election; real estate agent
Dean Hale; and
Charles Perkins. Perkins is best-known for irritating then-Hillsborough County Commissioner
Ronda Storms in 2002 with his racy public access television show. He made an unsuccessful bid for the council in 2007, earning 29 percent of the vote with his anti-crime platform and promise to donate his council salary to the police department.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer