Tampa Mayor Jim Davis?
The already crowded slate of Tampa mayoral candidates is likely to get even more crowded in the coming weeks. Former U.S. Rep Jim Davis said he has started laying the groundwork for a possible mayoral run in March 2011. "I just started in the last day or so making calls to people who care a great deal about this community and having a good mayor to help lead it," Davis said.
Most recently, Davis was a principal in Moving Hillsborough Forward, the nonprofit created to push for passage of a 1-cent sales tax to pay for rail, expanded bus service and road improvements. A referendum on the tax failed in the Nov. 2 election. “I gave everything I had to the transit campaign. I put that first because I thought it was very important to the community and something the next mayor could use to benefit the community," Davis said. Now that that campaign is over, he said, he can turn his attention to the mayor's race.
“I’m moving as quickly as I can," he said, indicating a formal announcement would come soon. As for whether he would push for another transportation tax referendum in 2012 if he's elected mayor, Davis said it's too soon to say. “I do believe that getting to work and improving the job situation here is the top priority,” he said. So far, candidates for mayor include County Commissioner Rose Ferlita, former City Council member Bob Buckhorn, former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik; City Council chairman Tom Scott; former police Capt. Marion Lewis; and businessman Arthur Richardson.