With all precincts reporting in the unofficial 2023 municipal election results, it looks like Tampa City Council races in Districts 1, 2 3, and 6 are all headed to runoffs.
Results are all unofficial and will be certified on Thursday, but here’s what Creative Loafing Tampa Bay anticipates happening in the runoff.
District 2 sees Guido Maniscalco (46.98%) and Robin Lockett (24.77%) going head-to-head.
Tampa City Council’s District 3 race was easily the most watched and saw incumbent Lynn Hurtak take 45.52% of the vote compared to the 38.75% earned by her challenger Janet Cruz, the ousted State Senator who was voted out of Tallahassee last fall.
While forever Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda (49.39%) hovered above the threshold to require a runoff in his District 6 race, challenger Hoyt Prindle earned 21.59% to set up the runoff.
Only 75 votes separate Gwen Henderson (50.31%) and District 5 incumbent Orlando Gudes (48.86%).
A spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay “the canvassing board will determine whether a recount is required based on the first unofficial results certified thurs night.”
District 4’s race was easily won by incumbent Bill Carlson.
Sadly, only 13.64% of eligible voters turned out for the election.
Early voting for the 2023 City of Tampa Municipal Election Runoff happens April 17-23 at select sites from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The deadline to register to vote in the runoff (if not already registered) is March 27.
The nonpartisan Tampa Tiger Bay Club will hold a runoff election forum at noon on Friday, March 17 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City.
This is a developing post.