Romy Ellenbogen - Local Politics Reporter

Local Politics Reporter

As a lifelong Floridian, I know how much this state offers beyond the stereotypes and I’m grateful I get to tell some of its story. I cover the legislators we elect here in Tampa Bay and what they’re doing. I’m interested in who gets a voice and who doesn’t, keeping elected leaders accountable and making sure people don’t get lost in the politicking. Tell me what you’re curious about — I bet you’re not the only one wondering. I also welcome conversation about homemade kombucha, yoga and Love Island.

  1. National and Florida groups are pushing officials to audit the 2020 election.
  2. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, in July.
  3. Oct. 11• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.
  4. Candidates Lisset Hanewicz (left) and Tom Mullins (right) are vying for St. Petersburg’s District 4 City Council seat,
  5. Lisset Hanewicz and Tom Mullins, who are both running for St. Petersburg City Council District 4.
  6. In this June 22 file photo, Anna Paulina Luna appears via Zoom during a hearing in Clearwater.
  7. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg
  8. Rohn Kahn, 28 registers to vote at the Latinos for Trump booth on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Tampa.
  9. Tallahassee outside of Florida's Capitol complex.
  10. St. Petersburg City Council Member Brandi Gabbard (left).
  11. Anna Paulina Luna appears via Zoom during a June 22 hearing in Clearwater.
  12. Richmond “Richie” Floyd, is a 30-year-old former aerospace systems engineer and on-leave public school teacher.
  13. Jeremiah Marbrey, 12, (right) arrives along with other students at Bay Point Middle School for the first day of school for Pinellas County students, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  14. A group of children join opponents of a mask mandate outside the Pinellas County school district headquarters before the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Largo.
  15. Audrey Henson
  16. A St. Petersburg City Council meeting in November 2020, the first in-person meeting since the coronavirus pandemic.
  17. Poll workers disinfect the hand rails leading to the entrance in-between voters shortly after the doors opened for the St. Petersburg Primary Election at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave S, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Voters head to the polls as the doors open for the St. Petersburg Primary Election at Lake Vista Recreation Center Tuesday morning.
  19. Protesters gather on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall as they listen to a speaker playing a city council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in St. Petersburg.
  20. Screenshot of the June 22, 2021, St. Petersburg mayoral debate, hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9.
  21. Brothers John Fantini, 59, of Owensboro, KY, Christopher Fantini, 57 of Rockport, IN, and Danny Taylor, 52, of Sarasota, enjoy their vacation despite the fish kill from Red Tide at Indian Rocks Beach, Thursday, July 22, 2021.
  22. Al Fox has been working 15 years from Tampa on improving U.S. relations with Cuba.
  23. Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are distributed for administration on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Greyound Spoke vaccination site at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex, 5855 S 78th St., in Tampa. Florida is the first state to have a “hub-and-spoke model” for the federal vaccine sites, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said Tuesday. The mini-sites are meant to get vaccines deeper into communities and reach people who don’t have transportation or who face other barriers to get doses at the main vaccine sites.