For all those who are biting their nails wondering if retired business owner John Sykes is going to run for mayor: He’s not. "I am not running for mayor. I’ve never considered running for mayor," he said Thursday.
Sykes said "literally hundreds of people" have asked him to challenge Mayor Pam Iorio in March. "And it’s not just from the business community. It’s a cross-section, which indicates to me there is a concern about the leadership of Tampa and the direction in which it’s going," he said. But Sykes said at 70 years old, he’s not interested in the position.