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Joseph Citro files to run for open Tampa City Council seat

Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer

Monday, October 6, 2014 12:42pm

Joseph V. Citro on Monday filed to run for the City Council seat that will come open next spring when Mary Mulhern leaves because of term limits.

With Citro's decision to run in District 2, a citywide seat, there are now announced candidates for all seven City Council seats, which come up for election on March 3.

But it is expected that current City Council chairman Charlie Miranda may also run in District 2. Miranda, who represents parts of West Tampa and South Tampa in District 6, must leave that seat at the end of March after completing his second term in the seat. (Tampa's charter allows a term-limited council member in one of the three citywide seats to switch and run in for one of the four single-member district seats, and vice versa.) So far, Miranda has not said what he plans to do. Historically, he has not launched his campaigns until much closer to the election.

A resident of the Bayshore Towers condominiums, Citro, 56, has served as president of the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, as a member of the city of Tampa's Civil Service Board and as a magistrate for the city's Code Enforcement Board. This is his third run for City Council. In 2007, he finished third in a three-candidate race for the South Tampa District 4 seat. In 2011, he came in fifth in a five-candidate race for the same seat.