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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]
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