And the next one to get into the Tampa Mayor's race is... Harry Cohen

The two-term Tampa City Councilman gets in early, and is now the fourth on a candidate roster that's expected to grow soon.

Cohen has served on Tampa City Council since 2011. -
Cohen has served on Tampa City Council since 2011.

Well, the field of candidates for Tampa's next mayor just grew a little.

Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen filed his paperwork to run for the office Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Cohen, a lawyer by trade, was first elected to council in 2011, and represents the city's 4th District, which covers most of South Tampa and a smidge of downtown.

Like current Mayor Bob Buckhorn, he's terming out of his current seat.

At a press conference he gave at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office, the Times noted, he said Buckhorn helped position the city for a better future, but Tampa has a ways to go.

Areas of importance to him include transportation, preparing for sea-level rise, focusing on boosting the appeal of the entire city (not just the urban core) and restoring "civility and reasonableness in the public discourse."

The mayoral candidate roster already had three names on it before Wednesday: newcomer Michael Anthony Hazard, businessman Topher Morrison and former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik.

That list will most certainly grow in the coming months. Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor appears poised to run. Retired banker/philanthropist David A. Straz as well as Councilman Mike Suarez are also expected to jump in.

The election is slated to take place March 5 of net year.

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