Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s 2020 voting guide

Who and what to vote for this election season.

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If you’re reading this, then you know who Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s staff and contributors are voting for in the presidential election (hint: it’s Joe Biden, the guy who beat Bernie in the Democratic primary).

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s 2020 voting guide

But in addition to the presidential election—this is where you sigh, groan, cheer—ballots this year also feature an extensive array of congressional and countywide positions up for election across Tampa Bay.

After all, the president isn’t going to be directly guiding budgetary decisions for the state of Florida, or developing policies that directly affect local infrastructure and the social welfare of Tampa Bay residents. That job belongs to your local and state legislators.

The road towards social and economic justice for all—regardless of party affiliation—doesn’t begin or end at the ballot box. Grassroots organizing, collective acts of civil disobedience, pressure campaigns, and other forms of community advocacy are actions that can be taken by and for the people during and beyond election years to enact meaningful change.

But more so now than ever, we also have people across the state of Florida and here in Tampa Bay running for office (or reelection) with compelling visions for how we can promote the social and economic welfare of our communities, protect our natural resources, and reform systems that have systematically failed to protect the health, safety, and livelihood of our residents.

Not every race down the ballot this election cycle is equally as exciting, sure. Sometimes we might vote for candidates who are just best-suited to retain or ideally advance progress that’s been made in areas of community welfare. To help inform your decision-making progress, click above to find Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s recommendations for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay 2020 election voting recommendations

U.S. House of Representatives

Florida Senate
Florida State Representative

Amendments

Hillsborough and Pinellas Sheriff
Hillsborough and Pinellas Tax Collector
Hillsborough and Pinellas Property appraiser

Pinellas Supervisor of Elections

State Attorney

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

Hillsborough County School Board
Pinellas County School Board

Hillsborough County Court Judge Group 7

Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation

Local referendum: Pinellas County school district special tax
Local referendum: Clearwater’s Landings Golf Club light industrial office park

Justice of the Supreme Court
District Court of Appeals

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About The Authors

Ray Roa

Read his intro letter and 2021 disclosure. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The Daily Beast. Products...

McKenna Schueler

McKenna Schueler is a freelance journalist based in Tampa, Florida. She regularly writes about labor, politics, policing, and behavioral health. You can find her on Twitter at @SheCarriesOn and send news tips to mkaschueler@gmail.com.

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