Brown's Neighborhood Allies

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Julie Brown, who is challenging John Dingfelder for his seat on the Tampa City Council, has released a list of her Neighborhood Leadership Team, working with her so "that the voices of the neighborhoods are heard at City Hall.”

She's got some recognizable names on it — but not always for their neighborhood activism. Only two of them are neighborhood association presidents, according to the city's civic association roster, one is a developer/real estate developer and another is a commercial real estate lawyer.

Here's the list (with my comments in brackets):

[Former chief circuit judge] Dennis Alvarez, Davis Island

Laura & Buddy Blain, Hyde Park

Henry Brown, Hyde Park Preservation

Margaret Hamrick, Port Tampa

[Former Hillsborough County Commissioner] Chris Hart, Bayshore Beautiful

Dave Hubbard,  Bayshore Gardens

Mike Hursey, Gandy Sun Bay South [president of the neighborhood's civic association]

Linda & Bill Jennings, Hyde Park

[Arts patrons] Bonnie & Jim Judy, Palma Ceia

[Real estate lawyer] Marion Mathiason, Parkland Estates

Leon & Diane Mezrah, Harbour Island

Jim Murman [husband of former state Rep. Sandra Murman and a powerful trial lawyer in town], Davis Island

[Developer and real estate investor] Park Newton, Governors Place

Tom Rockey, Palma Ceia

Renee Rodriguez, Port Tampa

Al Steenson, Gandy Sun Bay South

Hon. Trey Traviesa, Harbour Island

Jorge Ugarte, Interbay [president of the neighborhood's civic association]

Gene Wells, Ballast Point

[Longtime Hillsborough school principal and the namesake of the high school in New Tampa] Paul Wharton, New Suburb Beautiful

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