Luis Viera, 41, is running for re-election. An attorney by trade, Viera first won a seat on the Council in a runoff in 2016. As a member of the City Council and in his private life, Viera has championed autism awareness. He’s running to continue to try to make Tampa more accessible, he says. The registered Democrat has raised over $100,000 for his campaign.
Quinton F. Robinson
Quinton F. Robinson, 42, worked with a trucking company until 2016. A central plank of his campaign is his proposal for a North Tampa community redevelopment area. He’s been endorsed by the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus. However, he’s got some work to do if he wants to unseat Viera: he’s raised just under $8,000 for his campaign.
What’s at stake
District 7 runs through pretty much all of Tampa north of Busch Boulevard. 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 7 seat is currently held by the incumbent, Luis Viera.