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Jeffrey Rhodes, Orlando Gudes will head to a runoff for Tampa City Council District 5

The winner of the runoff will replace Frank Reddick.

Jeffrey Rhodes took the No. 1 spot Tuesday night in a crowded race to replace Frank Reddick on Tampa City Council.

Rhodes claimed 30 percent of the vote while Orlando Gudes took 28 percent.

Political consultant and breast cancer survivor Ella Coffee finished third with 24 percent.

Rhodes is a Tampa native who serves as the director and co-owner of Ray Williams Funeral Home. He began working at the funeral home when he was just 17.

Rhodes is board member of Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA) where he serves as the political chair. He participated and helped organize Souls to the Polls and has worked closely with the NAACP.

Gudes is a retired Tampa Police Officer.

Money proved to be no issue in this race. Gudes far out-raised his opponents bringing in $62,000 compared to Rhodes’ $24,000. Coffee raised $27,000.

District 5 covers downtown Tampa and parts of East Tampa. Reddick is leaving office due to term limits.

The runoff is April 23.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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