Guido Maniscalco files to run for Tampa City Council District 6
West Tampa businessman Guido Maniscalco on Tuesday filed papers to run for the District 6 City Council seat to be vacated in 2015 by council Chairman Charlie Miranda.
Maniscalco, 29, who has a business selling vintage watches, is a Tampa native and first-generation American. His father emigrated from Sicily and his mother from Cuba. A graduate of Tampa Catholic High School and the University of South Florida, he is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. He is president of the MacFarlane Park Association and Neighborhood Watch and is a member of the city's Code Enforcement Board.
Code enforcement, he said, is a concern for many residents in District 6, which covers parts of South and West Tampa, plus center-city neighborhoods such as South Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights and Wellswood. In West Tampa, he said he often talks to neighbors concerned about the number of rental properties and single-family houses that are being occupied by more than one family in their neighborhoods.
"What I’d like to do is act as the voice, the liaison between the people and city government," Maniscalco said.
In 2011, in his first run for public office, Maniscalco was one of five candidates who sought the council's citywide District 1 seat. He finished fifth in the primary. Mike Suarez went on to win the seat in a runoff against then-council member Curtis Stokes.
Miranda will leave the District 6 seat because of term limits, and Maniscalco is the second candidate to file papers to run. (The first was air conditioning company owner Tommy Castellano, who filed in October.) Also mentioned as a potential candidate is Dr. Jason Wilson, the research director for the University of South Florida's emergency medicine residency program at Tampa General Hospital.
The election is March 3, 2015.