Creative Loafing’s 2023 endorsements for Tampa City Council, mayor and charter amendments

Early voting is happening now and wraps on Sunday, March 5. Election day is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.

click to enlarge Tampeños, more than ever, are at a crossroads, when it comes to elected officials. - Photo by Dave Decker
Photo by Dave Decker
Tampeños, more than ever, are at a crossroads, when it comes to elected officials.
Tampeños, more than ever, are at a crossroads.

People from around the world are flocking to our neighborhoods faster than housing can keep up, and recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the inflation rate in Tampa is at just under 9%, which is 2% higher than the national average. Rent officially topped more than $2,000 a month on average, and wages aren’t keeping up.

Even developer-friendly publications are opening stories by saying, “Tampa Bay’s boom in popularity and population are only paying off for some.”
And as Tampa’s 2023 Municipal Election kicks off (before wrapping on Election Day, Tuesday, March 7), voters have a chance to take the wheel and elect city council people who’ll serve not just developers and future residents of our fine city, but those who’ve called Tampa home for generations beforehand.

Council as it stands has been an OK check on an administration led by Mayor Jane Castor, who gets credit for her early response to the COVID pandemic three years ago. But Castor fell flat more than a few times during her first term—mostly for her lack of transparency when it comes to big decisions about our city.

While council members do vote with the mayor far more than they don’t—with one councilman saying the media overblows the conflicts between Tampa’s branches of government—our endorsements reflect the need for a council body that will show its spine when it comes to standing up for Tampeños.

Early voting is happening now and wraps on Sunday, March 5. Election day is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.

Click through each endorsement below for an explanation. See a sample ballot via the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections.

Mayor: write someone in

Tampa City Council
Vote yes on all proposed amendments to Tampa City Charter

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. 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...
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