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Joseph Citro files to run for open Tampa City Council seat

Joseph V. Citro on Monday filed to run for the City Council seat that will come open next spring when Mary Mulhern leaves because of term limits.

With Citro's decision to run in District 2, a citywide seat, there are now announced candidates for all seven City Council seats, which come up for election on March 3.

But it is expected that current City Council chairman Charlie Miranda may also run in District 2. Miranda, who represents parts of West Tampa and South Tampa in District 6, must leave that seat at the end of March after completing his second term in the seat. (Tampa's charter allows a term-limited council member in one of the three citywide seats to switch and run in for one of the four single-member district seats, and vice versa.) So far, Miranda has not said what he plans to do. Historically, he has waited until January before launching his campaigns for the March election. He declined to discuss his plans or comment on anyone else getting in the race.

"God bless them all," Miranda said. "I like people who run for office."

A resident of the Bayshore Towers condominiums, Citro, 56, has a lengthy resume of civic activities. Since 2013, he has served on the city's Variance Review Board and the Ybor City Development Corp. He also has been a code enforcement magistrate, and a member and chairman of the city's Civil Service Board. Outside City Hall, he has served as president of the Rotary Club of Ybor City, president of the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, vice president of the Ybor City Museum Society, been a member of the Rough Riders and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

This is Citro's third run for City Council. In 2007, he finished third in a three-candidate race for the South Tampa District 4 seat. In 2011, he came in fifth in a five-candidate race for the same seat.

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