Just a month into his campaign, mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik has announced he has raised six figures in the first month of his campaign.
He announced a $100,000-plus haul over his first four weeks as a candidate for mayor, as well as the details about his campaign kickoff, on Wednesday.
“I’m so humbled by the strong show of support from our city just one month into our campaign,” Turanchik said in a written statement. “When I announced my candidacy, I said that this campaign was about a vision for Tampa’s future. Four weeks later, I’m so grateful that so many civic leaders have joined our team.”
This is Turanchik's second attempt at becoming Tampa's next mayor. He was one of several candidates vying in the race, which culminated with Mayor Bob Buckhorn defeating former County Commissioner Rose Ferlita in a March, 2011 runoff.
As with his campaign back then, Turanchik plans on emphasizing his vision for fixing Tampa's transportation woes as well as smart development.
His campaign kickoff takes place April 2 at Armature Works, and boasts a diverse host committee that includes County Commissioner Pat Kemp, School Board Member Tammy Shamburger and former City Councilwoman Lina Saul-Sena.
“People from all walks of life are excited and energized by our vision for the future.” said Ed Turanchik. "When Tampa stands united, nothing will get in our way. I invite everyone who is ready to fix our transportation system, increase access to affordable family homes, and put Tampa on the cutting edge of innovation to join us at our kickoff."
Tampa's mayoral election takes place in early 2019. So far, the only two candidates for Tampa mayor are Michael Anthony Hazard and Topher Morrison. Possible (but as yet unannounced) candidates include former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen, philanthropist Dave A. Straz and Councilman Mike Suarez.