The voter registration deadline for Tampa's 2023 municipal election is February 6

Early voting begins on Feb. 27

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Mayor Jane Castor speaks at a press conference about Tampa's crime free multi-housing program, which is under federal investigation.
Time and again, it's been argued that local elections are just as important, if not more important, than national ones.

So, Tampeños, it's time to make sure that you're registered to vote before Feb. 6, so you can participate in the local democratic process. A lot is at stake. Local leaders decide  on how city funds are spent,  zoning, public safety issues and more.

Early voting begins on Feb. 27 and ends on March 5. Election day is Tuesday, March 7, with the polls closing at 7 p.m.

If you need to register to vote, you can do so through the Hillsborough County website. Also, keep an eye out for Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's endorsement guide coming out later this month.

Here are the local candidates who are currently qualified to run for office:

Mayor
  • Jane Castor (incumbent)
  • Belinda Noah
City Council

District 1
  • Sonja P Brookins
  • Joseph Citro (incumbent)
  • Alan Clendenin
  • Chase Harrison
District 2
  • Michael Derewenko
  • Guido Maniscalco
  • Gary Pruitt
    Robin Lockett
District 3
  • Lynn Hurtak (incumbent)
  • Janet Cruz Rifkin
  • George “Thehunted” Feshev
  • Gwendolyn Henderson
  • Jose N. Vázquez
District 4
  • Bill Carlson
District 5
  • Orlando L. Gudes (incumbent)
  • Cornelius Hamilton
  • Evelyn Jané-Marie McBride
  • Jeffrey L. Rhodes
District 6
  • Hoyt L. Prindle III
  • Rick Fifer
  • Tyler Barrett
District 7
  • Luis E. Viera (incumbent)

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Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia has written for The Nation, Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal, the USA Today Network and various other news outlets. When he's not writing, Justin likes to make music, read, play basketball and spend time with loved ones. 


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