Tampa mayoral candidates engage in one of the last forums of the campaign

In less than a week we'll know who the two candidates will be in the run-off for Tampa mayor. That made last night's North Tampa forum at the Forest Hills Recreation Center special, in that after six weeks of intense campaigning, the "fab five" will soon be reduced to the top two.

The forum had its share of the usual rhetoric, but did present fresh material because of two circumstances: the location, which led to specific questions about the Forest Hills area, and the death of St. Petersburg Police Officer David S. Crawford, whose assailant had not been identified at the time of the debate. (The arrest of the 16-year-old suspect has since been announced.)

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