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Tampa City Council District 5 candidates

Tampa City Council | District 5

Four candidates are competing for the District 5 seat. Frank Reddick, president of the county's Sickle Cell Association, was an interim City Council member for four months in 2006. Hills­borough County schools social worker Lynette "Tracee" Judge and Ybor City businessman Carroll "Carrie" West have previously run for City Council. Former supervisor of elections employee Herold Lord Jr. is making his first try for public office. Stephanie Wang, Time staff writer

About the job: The District 5 Tampa City Council member represents an area including East Tampa, Ybor City, downtown Tampa and the Channel District. Council members serve four-year terms and earn $40,250 a year.

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Part 1 Lynette "Tracee" Judge, 46
East Tampa (D)
Herold Lord Jr., 26
Highland Pines (D)
Experience Judge is a social worker for the Hillsborough County schools. She has served as chairwoman of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Cable Advisory Committee. She has also been a member of the Public Nuisance Abatement Board. She ran for City Council in 2007 but was not elected. Lord worked for six months in 2006 as a legislative aide for District 3 County Commissioner Thomas Scott. He left his job in voter outreach and education with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections to enter this race.
Education Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of South Florida and a master's degree in social work from Florida State University. Completing a degree in political science at the University of South Florida.
What ideas do you have for spurring job growth and economic development? Tax incentives and tax credits, including those for employers who help nonviolent ex-offenders re-enter the workplace. Examine factors that limit economic growth in parts of the city. Work with citizens to become partners in spurring job growth.
How would you help low-income families to become home­owners? Partner with the city and private organizations. It's an investment in the community, because stabilizing families will spur economic growth and, in turn, tax dollars. Partner with the county and nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and sell houses. Educate residents about first-time home ownership.
What would you do to restore run-down or abandoned buildings along the 22nd Street corridor? To complete the rebirth of the 22nd Street corridor, the district needs to generate more tax revenues within the Community Redevelopment Area. Work with the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa (CDC) to find redevelopment money.
If high-speed rail comes to Tampa, how should the city rework its transportation system to support that? High-speed rail and HART would need to work in conjunction. "We'll need to look at compacting routes to streamline the bus service to make it more efficient and increase ridership," and expanding bus hours. Have the city, Hillsborough County and TBARTA collaborate to develop a mass-transit option that includes a rapid bus system.
Assets Home, timeshare in Orlando, savings account, life insurance policy Car, clothes, jewelry
Liabilities Mortgage, student loan, timeshare, car loan Car payment, student loan
Income $47,000 social worker salary None; currently unemployed
Personal Married Single
Website ltjudgefor

Part 2 Frank Reddick, 55
East Tampa (D)
Carroll "Carrie" West, 58
North Hyde Park (D)
Experience Reddick, president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County, was an interim District 5 City Council member for four months in 2006 before being defeated in the 2007 election. He is on the Northview Hills Civic Association, Hillsborough County Charter Review Board, East Tampa Weed and Seed Steering Committee and the Hospital Authority Board at Tampa General Hospital. He ran for City Council in 1995 and 2007, County Commission in 1996 and state representative in 2000. West, an Ybor City business owner, is president and founder of the GaYbor District Coalition. He serves as a Ybor City Development Corp. board member and on the Barrio Latino Commission. He ran for City Council in 1998 but was not elected.
Education Bachelor of science degree in education from Paine College in Augusta, Ga. Bachelor's degrees in media communications and political science at the University of South Florida. Pursued graduate studies in public administration at USF.
What ideas do you have for spurring job growth and economic development? Expand the city's tax base by attracting new businesses to provide revenues for the city and jobs for residents. "Create a small-business incubator that would aid residents wanting to start a business in the city." Establish tax-deferred enterprise zones for new businesses in Tampa. Develop and expand the port to drive new industries to the city. Open trade exports with Cuba.
How would you help low-income families to become home­owners? Work with nonprofit agencies and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The district cannot afford abandoned homes: "The city has to take responsibility to improve that." Use private corporations to help people. Look for funds from the private sector and the government.
What would you do to restore run-down or abandoned buildings along the 22nd Street corridor? Take advantage of funds offered through the East Tampa Partnership to improve buildings. Revitalize the area using benefits available through Tampa's enterprise zone and the facade improvement grant program.
If high-speed rail comes to Tampa, how should the city rework its transportation system to support that? Find a solution with a regional approach using the existing HART and TBARTA systems. Develop a multicounty light rail. "This is a quality-of-life issue."
Assets Home, annuities and cars House, building, household goods and bank CDs
Liabilities Loan Mortgages, loans, credit card debt
Income Salary from the Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County $15,000 from leasing building space
Personal Single Has been with partner for 33 years

Tampa City Council District 5 candidates

02/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:08pm]
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