Jim Davison leading Luis Viera, 42-35%, in Tampa City Council special election


A plurality of voters in Tampa’s City Council District 7 continue to show support for emergency room physician Jim Davison, a new survey shows.

Davison leads attorney Luis Viera by 42-35 percent, according to a new poll released Tuesday by St. Pete Polls.

Twenty-three percent of voters say they are unsure.

Davison, the only registered Republican in the original six-person field, took home the most votes in the Nov. 8 contest, receiving 31 percent of the ballot.

Viera, a registered Democrat, was second with 22 percent.

The only poll by St. Pete Polls before the Nov. 8 primary election had Davison with 27 percent of the vote. However, that same survey had Viera in fifth place with 7 percent, when he ended up in second.

Two of the four candidates who didn’t make the runoff — Cyril Spiro and Avis Harrison — have announced support for Davison in the Dec. 6 special election.  The other two candidates, Gene Siudut and Orlando Gudes, remained quiet.

The robocall of 322 voters took place Nov. 21 and has a 5.5 percent margin of error. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they intended to vote in the election.

Mitch Perry

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 [email protected].


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