John Dingfelder, 62, is looking to return to the City Council after serving two terms last decade. He’s a lawyer and a former schoolteacher who has served on numerous civic boards, including the Tampa General Hospital board and the Humane Society Board. Dingfelder says he hopes to improve the city’s traffic and environmental challenges. The registered Democrat has raised more than $125,000 — easily the most of any candidate for District 3.
Nicholas Glover, 36, is a market manager for Gas South, a natural gas provider. He says he’s running to make Tampa more affordable and more equal. He has been endorsed by 2018 Florida Democratic attorney general candidate Sean Shaw. Glover, a registered Democrat, has raised just over $42,000 during the race.
Steven Lytle, 36, is a human resources manager with Walmart’s health care division. He has served with philanthropic and civic groups, including Tampa’s Citizen Budget Advisory Committee, and he’s been endorsed by Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman. Lytle is registered under no party affiliation, and he has raised just shy of $56,000 for his campaign.
Vibha Shevade, 38, is a former speech therapist and a software engineer. She’s the president of the Hillsborough County Indian Advisory Council and she’s running in part to improve Tampa’s infrastructure. As she told the Times this year, she’s against the Rays moving to Tampa because “our priority should be to sustain our existing infrastructure before we start new projects." The registered Democrat’s campaign has raised just over $15,000.
What’s at stake
District 3 is one of three citywide, or at-large City Council districts. It’s a nonpartisan race for a nonpartisan seat, but the seven-member council is currently comprised entirely of Democrats. The City Council is the legislative arm of Tampa: It holds the power to pass local ordinances and works with the mayor to pass the city’s budget. The District 3 seat is currently held by Chair Yolie Capin. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the race goes to an April 23 runoff.