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.