Tampa City Council's Lisa Montelione files notice of resignation to seek House seat
State House District 63 Democratic candidate Lisa Montelione on Friday turned in her notice of resignation from her North Tampa seat on the City Council, effective election day, Nov. 8.
So far Montelione and Mike Reedy, a gay rights organizer who works in his family’s real estate business, have filed to run the Democratic primary in District 63, which covers parts of New Tampa, Pebble Creek, Lutz, Carrollwood, Lake Magdalene and the University of South Florida.
State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is seeking re-election and so far has raised over $167,000 in cash and in-kind donations. Montelione has raised more than $76,000 and Reedy has raised about $28,000.
Montelione’s resignation will set the stage for a special election to replace her, and already four candidates have filed to run in District 7: retired Tampa police officer Orlando Gudes, La Gaceta editor Gene Siudut, health care data analyst Cyril Spiro and New Tampa lawyer Luis E. Viera.
Because the race is not formally set yet, each filed to run in the next regularly scheduled city election in 2019, with the expectation of switching to the special City Council election this year. So far, Spiro has reported raising nearly $11,000 and Siudut has reported raising about $10,700.
Montelione, who was elected to the City Council in 2011 and unopposed for re-election in 2015, said she is not taking sides in the race to replace her.
“I’ve got to focus on what I’m doing,” she said. “I think there are people in that race who will do a great job and whose heart is in the right place.” She said she’s running for the state House “to serve in a capacity that is different than what the City Council does,” specifically education and health care.
Voters have until Aug. 1 to register or change their party for the Aug. 30 primary.