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Tampa City Council District 7

Tampa City Council | District 7

Incumbent Joseph Caetano faces three challengers including Charles "Charlie" Perkins, who also ran for the seat four years ago. Lisa Montelione is touting her experience as both a business executive and a former government employee. Dean Hale says a more common sense approach is needed on the council. Tia Mitchell, Times staff writer

About the job: District 7 stretches from Busch Boulevard north to New Tampa and includes Forest Hills, Terrace Park and the University of South Florida. Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $40,250. City elections are nonpartisan.

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Part 1 Joseph Caetano, 77
Tampa Palms (R)
Dean Hale, 44
New Tampa (R)
Experience Caetano was elected to the City Council in 2007. He serves as chairman of the council's Public Transportation Committee and also serves on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization. He was a school board member in Massachusetts and owns a hair salon. Hale has never run for office before. He is a Realtor and serves on the New Tampa Family YMCA Board of Directors.
Education High school graduate and former U.S. Marine Bachelor's degree from University of Tampa
Should panhandling be prohibited and to what extent? Voted against the proposal to ban panhandling on busy intersections. Supports a complete ban. "I personally believe panhandling should be totally banned. I feel it is a major safety issue."
How would you address the city's budget issues? Continue reducing staff within city departments where demand for services has decreased. Look at salaries from top down, eliminate wasteful spending and consolidate services.
What would be your top priority if elected? Stimulating the job market by supporting the creation of new jobs and eliminating roadblocks for new business. "My top priority would be making Tampa the jewel of, not just Florida, but the southeastern United States."
How will you balance needs of New Tampa with needs of older neighborhoods? New Tampa neighborhoods already have most of what they need. "The older parts of the district, they need sidewalks, they need drainage." "District 7 is such a diverse area, that you almost have to look at each neighborhood on a case by case basis. I plan to devote equal attention to all the neighborhoods in District 7."
Assets Homes, car, business equipment Home, time-share, retirement account
Liabilities Mortgage and bank loans Student loans
Income Council salary, Social Security, pension, rental income Business income
Personal Married with two adult daughters Married with one daughter
Website None

Part 2 Lisa Montelione, 49
Terrace Park (D)
Charles Perkins, 35
North Tampa (NPA)
Experience She serves as president of the Terrace Park Civic and Crime Watch Association. Montelione used to work for the Hillsborough County government as a planner and analyst. She now works for Rising Force Construction and also owns a business consulting firm. He serves as North West Tampa Crime Watch president, and he is past president of the Tampa Native Association. Perkins ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2007 and 2003. He runs an eBay business with his wife specializing in antique toys.
Education Bachelor's degree from University of South Florida Took classes at University of South Florida
Should panhandling be prohibited and to what extent? Does not support a ban because she feels enforcement would be costly. She says the city should study the underlying causes of panhandling. Does not support a ban. Says the city should enforce the existing law while offering jobs and training for the unemployed.
How would you address the city's budget issues? The city should perform a cost-benefit analysis for all discretionary spending to determine which programs are most efficient. "I would address the city's budget by cutting out all luxury projects like the downtown Riverwalk."
What would be your top priority if elected? Increasing opportunities for business development and strengthening code enforcement. To add new roads, sidewalks and other projects to old neighborhoods.
How will you balance needs of New Tampa with needs of older neighborhoods? Says there are commonalities through the district. Supporting businesses, helping to reduce foreclosures and helping residents gain access to programs benefit all neighborhoods. "I am a believer in fairness and seniority, if your road is 60 years old and the other guy's road is 10 years old, the 60-year-old road should receive the new road first."
Assets Home, car, bank accounts, 50 percent share of business Two cars and sports memorabilia
Liabilities Mortgage, business loan and student loan None
Income Business and rental income EBay sales and consulting
Personal Engaged with one adult son Married with one son

Tampa City Council District 7 02/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 3:31pm]
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