Lisa Montelione seeking re-election to Tampa City Council
Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione on Tuesday filed to run for re-election to the council's District 7 seat representing North Tampa and New Tampa.
Montelione, 53, lives in the Terrace Park neighborhood and works as the business manager for Rising Force Construction, a firm that specializes in environmentally friendly green projects.
"There are a lot of things in the north and New Tampa and Tampa Palms areas that I think could use improvement," she said. "There are a lot of people who need representatiion, whether they are registered voters or just people who happen to live within those boundaries, that I want to serve."
Since her election in 2011, Montelione has focused on small business development, transportation planning, code enforcement, purchasing and contracting, improving city communications, drainage and sustainability initiatives. In 2012, she initiated a year-long planning process that resulted in the creation of a community plan for the Terrace Park-University Square area. She chairs the City Council's committee on building, zoning and preservation and serves as vice chairwoman of the county Metropolitan Planning Organization, where she chairs the MPO's livable roadways committee, While she voted for a city ban on most street solicitation, Montelione said she made a commitment to work on behalf of the people who are most disadvantaged, "whether it's people are already homeless or are people onthe verge of becoming homeless."
"It's a lot," she said, "but I love what I do."
District 7 has been the fastest-growing council district in the city since 2000 and contains wide economic diversity. Along with new gated communities in New Tampa, it also includes older neighborhoods like Forest Hills and Terrace Park, plus areas around the University of South Florida and Busch Gardens.
Last month, former District 7 council member Joseph Caetano filed to reclaim the seat he lost in 2011, when he finished third in a four-candidate primary.
City elections are in March 2015.