Bill Carlson, 51, is a public relations executive who touts his years of work as an activist in South Tampa. He founded Café con Tampa, a community conversation series, and served as a member of the Tampa Charter Review Commission. He’s running on a platform of safety, improved transportation and open communication with Tampa’s neighborhoods. The registered Democrat has raised over $127,000 — the most of any candidate running in any district.
Sal Guagliardo Jr.
Sal Guagliardo Jr., 30, helps run a dairy business that’s been operating in Tampa for over 100 years. He says he’s running to keep property values high, move Tampa’s transit system into the future and keep businesses thriving in town. He has served with the South Tampa Chamber in the past. A registered Republican, Guagliardo Jr. has raised over $34,000 for his campaign.
Lee Lowry, 47, is an experienced fundraiser with years of experience on civic boards. She served on the Tampa Police Department Citizen Review Board and the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. She has also been active with the Junior League. She’s running on a platform of improved transportation and improved neighborhoods. The registered Republican has been endorsed by Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and she’s raised about $21,000.
What’s at stake
District 4 runs throughout most of South Tampa and includes both Davis Islands and Harbour Island. 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 4 seat is currently held by the termed-out Harry Cohen, who’s leaving the Council to run for mayor. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the race goes to an April 23 runoff.