Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services in Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. I've covered Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and developed an interest in all things municipal, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

The field is set for Tampa's March city elections

Tampa mayoral candidate Mike Suarez was endorsed by unions representing the city's firefighters and municipal workers Friday.
As the qualifying period ended Friday, Tampa mayoral candidate Mike Suarez touted endorsements from unions representing the city's firefighters and municipal employees.

For this Tampa Bay mayoral power trio, a final local show

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and  Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn praised one another and regional unity at the Suncoast Tiger Bay
The mayors of Tampa Bay's three largest cities praised regional unity and each other Thursday at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon.

Tampa mayor’s race coming down to affordable housing, transportation

Seven of the nine candidates vying to become Tampa's next mayor gathered at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday evening for their seventh forum. Transit woes and the city's lack of affordable housing once again dominated the discussion. [CHARLIE FRAGO   |   Times]
There are now nine candidates running for Tampa mayor, and the seven who came to this forum skipped the usual attacks to focus on cheaper housing and reducing congestion.

Yes, Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz is very, very rich

David Straz has filed his financial disclosure in the Tampa mayoral race. He’s worth $426 million.  This photo was taken in May. {Times files}
The retired banker and philanthropist has a net worth of $426 million. He qualified for the Tampa mayor's race on Wednesday.

Tampa mayoral candidates quizzed on raising the city's property tax

Mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik lists  three words to describe his vision for Tampa during a  mayoral debate last week.  [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]
Six mayoral candidates talked tax cuts and affordable housing along with other real estate and business issues at a two-hour forum Tuesday at Armature Works.