Emily’s List backs Jane Castor in Tampa mayoral race

It’s more good news for the former police chief, who could use the powerful PAC’s money after being outspent 10-to-1 by candidate David Straz.
Published February 6
Updated February 7

TAMPA — It’s been a good week for mayoral candidate Jane Castor.

A local poll put her out in front of her six opponents by more than 30 points. Now a powerful national political action committee dedicated to electing women to office announced its support for her on Thursday.

Emily’s List, which spent $110 million in the last election cycle to help elect a record 34 women to Congress, endorsed Castor as its choice for Tampa mayor in the coming March 5 municipal election.

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“With Jane’s experience managing a large municipal agency, her longstanding commitment to protect and lead, and her personal investment in the city’s residents, she is the clear choice to be Tampa’s next mayor.”

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Castor might just need the cash. Retired banker and philanthropist David Straz, who finished a distant second in the poll, has outspent her 10-1 so far. In a field of seven candidates, Castor readily admitted this week that the chances of winning more than 50 percent of the vote and avoiding an April 23 runoff are slim.

This week Castor also received endorsements from former Florida House Speaker and cancer research advocate H. Lee Moffitt and Ruth’s List, a women’s advocacy group.

Another candidate, City Council member Harry Cohen, announced that he recently received the endorsement of former Tampa City Council chairwoman Gwen Miller.

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Contact Charlie Frago at cfrago@tampabay.com or (727)-893-8459. Follow @CharlieFrago.