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Orlando Gudes, Luis Viera join race to replace Lisa Montelione on Tampa City Council

Luis Viera

Luis Viera

As expected, two more candidates are filing to run for the Tampa City Council seat being vacated by Lisa Montelione: retired Tampa police officer Orlando Gudes and New Tampa lawyer Luis Viera.

Newspaper editor Gene Siudut and health care data analyst Cyril Spiro have already filed.

Montelione’s current term runs through 2019, but she’s expected to resign the council seat to run in state House District 63 in November. That would lead to a special election to replace her. Council District 7 includes Forest Hills, Terrace Park, New Tampa, Sulphur Springs and the University of South Florida.

Gudes, 48, who lives in Copeland Park, is 25-year police veteran who retired in January as a master patrol sergeant and has been active in youth football. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Viera, 38, a Hunter’s Green resident, is single father of one son and comes from a Cuban family that has lived in Tampa since his early childhood. He’s chairman of the city’s Civil Service Board, and hasn’t run for public office before.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 1:50pm]


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