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. Jul. 20• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Amanda Makki stands at the podium during an event at Largo Central Park, to announce her run for Congress, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Largo.
  2. Candidate Ken Welch shakes hands with Mayor Rick Kriseman during a press conference to announce Kriseman’s endorsement of Welch as the next mayor of St. Petersburg, Monday, July 19, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  3. The Fight for $15 campaign hosted a rally outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, calling for a hike in the minimum wage. Progressives in Florida point to the statewide success of policies like raising the minimum wage as evidence voters can embrace progressive ideas. [Times file photo]
  4. A crowd chants at a protest in solidarity with Cuba outside of Kathy Castor's office on Monday, July 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  5. Former congressional candidate William Braddock sits in court during a hearing for a stalking injunction filed against him by Anna Paulina Luna, who is running for the Congressional District 13 seat being vacated by Charlie Crist. The next hearing is set for Sept. 14.
  6. Over 100 people gathered Sunday evening in solidarity with the people of Cuba as they sang, danced and chanted in the streets of Himes Avenue in Tampa. The crowd of mostly Cuban Americans gathered to show their support for the uprising that is occurring in their home country of Cuba.
  7. Congressional candidates William Braddock, left, and Anna Paulina Luna.
  8. Congressional candidates William Braddock, left, and Anna Paulina Luna.
  9. Eunic Ortiz, 33, has announced her run for Florida's State Senate District 24
  10. Screenshot of the June 22, 2021, St. Petersburg mayoral debate, hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9.
  11. Man dies after car crashes and overturns into the river
  12. A St. Petersburg car crash has left one dead
  13. Bicyclist in critical condition in Largo
  14. Marcile Powers, 35, who runs Kenwood Organic Produce, and her son Mercury McAlavy, 3, are pictured together at the 15th Street Farm, where she buys produce for her business Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Powers is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  15. Anna Paulina Luna listens as she mingles with supporters during an event Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Clearwater.
  16. A fishing boat zips past a trio of sailboats as a recent sunset as it settles over the Dunedin Channel on the intracoastal waterway off Dunedin.
  17. A Tampa Bay man is being indicted for fraud after bogus investment scheme
  18. Al Fox ha estado trabajando durante 15 años desde Tampa para mejorar las relaciones de Estados Unidos con Cuba.
  19. Al Fox has been working 15 years from Tampa on improving U.S. relations with Cuba.
  20. Harold Davis Lewis Jr. has been arrested on charges including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and child abuse.
  21. Joseph Charles Strickland, de 28 años, fue arrestado después de un atropello y fuga en Hernando [Cortesía de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Hernando]
  22. Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, was arrested after a hit and run in Hernando
  23. A man was found dead in Tampa early Sunday morning.