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Mulhern will run for re-election to Tampa City Council

TAMPA — City Council member Mary Mulhern this week filed for re-election to her citywide District 2 seat.

"I want to continue the work that I started," she said. "I want to make Tampa a city that works better, pushing for economic development, and making the city competitive regionally, nationally and globally."

Mulhern, 51, was elected in 2007, defeating Shawn Harrison, who sought to make the switch from a seat representing North Tampa to an at-large post.

In office, Mulhern has taken the lead on establishing an ordinance to allow community gardens and creating a citizens group to review the city budget. She also has been vocal on expanding trade relations with Cuba, and pushed unsuccessfully to add a high-speed rail stop at Tampa International Airport.

City elections are March 1.

So far, the only other District 2 candidate is 32-year-old Scott Strepina, who oversees business development efforts for Direct Marketing Concierge in Ybor City.

Strepina, who holds a finance degree, said if elected he would bring his budget management skills to the council, which he honed working five years as an accounting manager and efficiency expert for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

"I'm looking forward to bringing that skill set to the city," he said. "I'm eager to dive into the budget and look for opportunities for cost savings."

In other city election news, council member Charlie Miranda, who represents West Tampa in his District 6 seat, said he plans to appear on the March ballot, but declined to say which seat he'll seek. He said there's a possibility he'll run for one of the citywide seats.

Janet Zink can be reached at or (813) 226-3401.

Mulhern will run for re-election to Tampa City Council 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:15pm]
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