Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen is expected to announce his long-expected campaign for mayor in a news conference Wednesday morning.
"I am planning on paying a visit to the supervisor of elections office at 9 a.m.," Cohen said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm sure you can figure out the possible reasons I might be going there."
Cohen would join a potentially large field of candidates in the March 5, 2019, election that already includes Topher Morrison, Ed Turanchik and Michael Anthony Hazard, and may eventually include former police Chief Jane Castor, architect Mickey Jacob, retired banker and philanthropist David Straz and council member Mike Suarez.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn is term-limited.
Cohen, 48, is an attorney and Tampa native who has represented the South Tampa council District 4 since 2011 and faces a term limit in his district seat. He worked until recently as a deputy to Clerk of Court Pat Frank.
Cohen, who's known as a strong political fundraiser, didn't explicitly say he's filing for the mayor's office, but has been openly considering a mayor's race for months and friends have said he would file for the office soon.