Joe Citro sets first fundraiser in Tampa 2019 municipal races - Florida Politics

Joe Citro sets first fundraiser in Tampa 2019 municipal races

It’s now 2018, which means it’s only 14 more months before Tampa voters will decide on a new mayor and a host of new City Council members.

Getting a head start in the process is civic activist/hairdresser Joe Citro, who will be the first candidate running in the 2019 Tampa municipal elections to hold a fundraiser later this month.

The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Columbia Restaurant.

This is Citro’s fourth bid to serve on the council, following previous runs in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He’s running in the District 1 citywide seat vacated next year by Mike Suarez.

With the exception of Michael Hazard, Citro is the only other candidate to file in the Tampa election to date, though that will undoubtedly change in the upcoming months.

Hazard, who is listed on the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website as a Brandon resident, filed to run for mayor back in April 2017. He has yet to report a single financial contribution.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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