1. Opinion

Times recommends: Maniscalco for Tampa City Council

Guido Maniscalco
Guido Maniscalco
Published Mar. 18, 2015

A runoff election on Tuesday will select a new Tampa City Council member for District 6, which reaches from Seminole Heights and West Tampa to South Tampa. Council races are nonpartisan. Members are elected to four-year terms and paid $42,078 per year. Early voting started Monday.

This race pits a business owner and committed neighborhood advocate against a well-funded challenger with few ideas and troubling campaign ethics. Guido Maniscalco's history in the community, depth of knowledge on the issues and familiarity with voters' concerns make him the much better choice.

Maniscalco, 30, is a jeweler and neighborhood activist who promises to address the core needs of the district: improving its roads and parks and cracking down on housing and other code violations that worsen the area's quality of life. His understanding of local government and passion for the city make him a compelling advocate for the district.

Jackie Toledo, 38, has offered a pat agenda with no real meat, and the sleazy way she has run her campaign raises questions about her judgment. Her conduct prompted Thomas Castellano, a third challenger who was defeated in the primary, to endorse Maniscalco in the runoff.

Maniscalco has focused on issues that matter, from mass transit to small business. He has an open, thoughtful style that reflects well on the city, and that would make him effective immediately. For Tampa City Council District 6, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Guido Maniscalco.