TAMPA — Sara Romeo has announced her withdrawal from a Tampa City Council race, citing a need to fulfill her obligations as executive director of Tampa Crossroads.
"After consulting with board members and my close friends, we all agree that I can best serve the needs of our community by remaining at Tampa Crossroads and seeing through our many current and new projects that will benefit families in this community," Romeo wrote in the announcement e-mailed Saturday.
Romeo has been executive director of Tampa Crossroads for six years. The agency offers substance abuse programs and help for homeless people with a focus on female veterans.
The news comes less than a week after a St. Petersburg Times article drew attention to a possible violation of the city's ethics code if Romeo were to be elected.
The city has a $3.7 million contract with Tampa Crossroads to develop affordable housing in east Tampa. According to City Attorney Chip Fletcher, Romeo, if elected in March, would have had to step down from her job at Tampa Crossroads or the city would have had to terminate the contract.
West Tampa businessman Guido Maniscalco and bank vice president Curtis Stokes have also filed to run for the citywide council seat now held by Gwen Miller.