Today is the deadline for Tampa citizens who want to apply for consideration to be selected as interim council members next week, replacing John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena, who both resigned last month after they learned that they had missed a deadline to submit paperwork declaring they would be resigning.
Although several candidates who were already running for the March 2011 elections have opted to enter now (like Seth Nelson and Harry Cohen), another 2011 candidate, Julie Jenkins, is not.
Jenkins said over the weekend that it "contradicts my concept of fair play to give a candidate a leg up on other candidates with the blessing of the elected body." She said that it was only right that any applicant "make that request directly to the voters, not City Council. Representative government demands no less."
Those candidates will be selected by the five remaining members of the Council a week from today.