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Alan Clendenin to formally launch Tampa Metropolis Council bid – Florida Politics

Tampa Metropolis Council candidate Alan Clendenin will formally kick off his marketing campaign on Dec. 1 on the Cuban Membership in Ybor Metropolis.

Clendenin is operating for the District 1 seat at the moment occupied by Metropolis Council Chair Joe Citro, who’s searching for re-election. 

The occasion begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs by way of 7:30. A Facebook event page for the kick-off exhibits the host committee nonetheless below formation, however dozens of supporters have already signed on, together with state Reps. Fentrice Driskell and Dianne Hart, former Rep. Andrew Discovered, Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court docket Cindy Stuart, suspended Hillsborough State Lawyer Andrew Warren, former Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank and practically 50 different group leaders and advocates. 

Clendenin hopes to enhance on his 2019 Metropolis Council bid, by which he misplaced within the Basic Election to Citro and Walter Smith (Smith is now serving on Clendenin’s host committee) with simply over 19% of the vote. Citro went on to defeat Smith within the runoff election.

Clendenin and Citro are amongst 4 filed candidates for the seat however the one two to have posted any fundraising as of the top of October. Clendenin has introduced in just over $11,000, whereas Citro has raised nearly $16,000. Sonja Brookins entered the race in March, whereas Chase Harrison simply joined last week and received’t submit his first fundraising report till subsequent month. 

Clendenin additionally beforehand ran unsuccessfully for Hillsborough County Faculty Board. 

This time round, he’s operating to carry what he describes as a wanted change to Tampa Metropolis Council, which has confronted a number of tumultuous points not too long ago, together with the resignation of John Dingfelder amid a public information lawsuit and the resignation of Orlando Gudes as Council chair over allegations of sexual harassment. 

“The ringmaster of this circus and its present Chairman, Joe Citro, has spent extra time grandstanding throughout conferences, attending ribbon cuttings, and taking selfies than targeted on what the voters elected him to do. Voters need options, no more drama. Our marketing campaign will give voters a transparent selection between somebody who fosters dysfunction or somebody that can put the drama apart to deal with the issues dealing with our metropolis,” Clendenin previously said of his candidacy. 

Clendenin was appointed to the Tampa Civil Service Board by Mayor Jane Castor. He additionally serves on the Tampa Bay Space Committee on International Relations.

He has been heavily involved in Democratic get together politics, chairing the Florida Democratic Occasion Platform Committee. He additionally vied up to now for the place of state Chair.

In line with earlier reporting, he targeted on native points in saying his candidacy in Tampa.

“Our metropolis faces mounting challenges concerning reasonably priced housing, financial alternative, transportation, public security and guaranteeing local weather readiness to guard our lifestyle,” Clendenin stated on the time.

“As a small enterprise proprietor, group chief, father or mother and 37-year resident of Tampa, I’ve met each problem and impediment in entrance of me with the aim to foster significant progress. My administration and management abilities and talent to get issues carried out will carry folks collectively, create constructive change to town, and convey daring management to Metropolis Council. I’ll symbolize the entire neighborhoods in our rising and numerous metropolis.”

Tampa metropolis elections are on March 7.

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