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Suarez, Cohen, Montelione and Capin win Tampa City Council seats

TAMPA -- Meet Tampa's three newest City Council members: Mike Suarez, Harry Cohen and Lisa Montelione.

The trio swept away their opponents, each winning by at least a three-to-two ratio.

The District 3 citywide race was not so lopsided. Yvonne Yolie Capin beat Chris Hart by about four percentage points. Capin's win limits the turnover on the council to four new members. Capin, 61, was appointed to the District 4 South Tampa seat last year.

In the District 1 citywide race, Suarez, 48, an independent insurance agent, defeated Curtis Stokes, a 42-year-old banker. The loss ends Stokes' eight-month reign on the City Council. He was appointed to the citywide District 3 seat when Linda Saul-Sena resigned.

In the District 4 South Tampa race, Harry Cohen beat Julie Jenkins, a 49-year-old sales marketing account executive. Cohen, 40, is the former deputy chief to the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court. He nearly won the race outright in the March 1 election, but Jenkins grabbed enough votes to force a runoff.

In the District 7 New Tampa race, Lisa Montelione beat 35-year-old Charles "Charlie" Perkins. Montelione, 49, owns a business consulting firm and is the president of the Terrace Park Civic and Crime Watch Association.

Unofficial results show about 42,500 people – about 22.3 percent of the city's registered voters – cast ballots.

Suarez, Cohen, Montelione and Capin win Tampa City Council seats 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:54pm]
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