Jane Castor for Tampa mayor. A Times Editorial board recommendation
Castor faces no serious opposition and has essentially already won a second term.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
This article represents the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board.
Published Feb. 4|Updated Feb. 6

Jane Castor’s name appears on the ballot for Tampa mayor because a write-in candidate qualified for the March 7 election. Otherwise, she would have already won a second term. Still, she is a shoo-in to be mayor for another four years — and she deserves it. We haven’t agreed with her on every decision and would like to see a more open communication style, but she’s devoted and hardworking and has an obvious passion for making Tampa better. Voters should ignore the distraction of having a blank write-in line on the ballot, and vote for Castor.

The Tampa Bay Times recommends Jane Castor for mayor.

Related: Read the Times recommendations in other Tampa races.

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