Guido Maniscalco, 34, is seeking re-election to the City Council. Maniscalco sits on the boards of a number of civic and government organizations, including the Tampa Theatre board and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. While on the City Council, Maniscalco has prioritized transportation, and he was an early critic of the TBX plan. Maniscalco, a registered Democrat, has raised over $57,000 for his campaign.
Wendy Pepe, 54, the president of a local marketing firm, is a political newcomer. She’s running to make sure Tampa improves its transit system and to ensure the city develops strategically. Pepe wants to bring the mind of a seasoned businesswoman to the Council, she told the Times. The registered Republican has raised just over $30,000 for her run.
What’s at stake
District 6 runs through most all West Tampa. 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 6 seat is currently held by the incumbent, Guido Maniscalco.