Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Yvonne Yolie Capin, Curtis Stokes picked to fill Tampa City Council seats

TAMPA — Yvonne Yolie Capin, a Democratic fundraiser, and Curtis Stokes, former president of the Hillsborough County NAACP, will fill two temporary vacancies on the Tampa City Council.

Council members appointed Capin to fill the seat vacated by John Dingfelder, and Stokes will fill the seat vacated by Linda Saul-Sena.

The two former members are running for the Hillsborough County Commission.

Capin, who ran unsuccessfully for a state House seat in 2008, beat out 27 other applicants for the seat representing South Tampa.

The council selected her on the 17th ballot. At one point, council members considered swearing in Stokes, whom they had appointed earlier in the day, to help decide the stalemate, but decided against it because he had not had time to review the field of applicants.

Stokes beat out 38 other people seeking the at-large District 3 seat.

On Monday, applicants had two minutes each to make their case to the five current council members. The vote for Saul-Sena's seat came down to Stokes, Mimi Osiason and former council members Joe Chillura and Mary Alvarez.

Stokes, who ran for the City Council unsuccessfully in 2003, said he was humbled and overwhelmed by his appointment.

"I think it's the hardest thing I've ever done," he said of the selection process. "It's almost like being in a fish bowl."

He is unsure whether he will run for the permanent seat in March.

Yvonne Yolie Capin, Curtis Stokes picked to fill Tampa City Council seats 07/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 4:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh


    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  2. Trump reveals that he didn't record Comey after all


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he didn’t record his conversations with James Comey.
  3. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.