John Dingfelder first to file for City Council District 3 race


John Dingfelder, who served on the Tampa City Council from 2003-2010, wants back in; he filed Friday as a candidate for the citywide District 3 race.

The seat is currently held by Council Chair Yolie Capin, who is term-limited in 2019.

The news is no surprise, as Dingfelder told Florida Politics last summer that he was definitely going to run again in 2019, with the only question being which seat he would seek.

During his earlier reign in office, the 61-year-old Dingfelder represented the South Tampa District 4 seat. He had seriously considered running for that seat this time but instead will run in District 3, one of three citywide seats on the seven-member board.

Since leaving the Council in 2010 (where he was unsuccessful in vying for a Hillsborough County Commission seat), Dingfelder spent most of his time in his full-time job as an attorney, including a stint representing the ACLU when Tampa hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention.

He’s also been involved in some real estate transactions and served as an alternate on the city’s Variance Review Board.

Observers will recall that Dingfelder represented a progressive wing of the council during the aughts that also included Mary Mulhern and Linda Saul-Sena. On several crucial votes during the Pam Iorio era, the trio could not find a fourth council member to back their proposals.

The city elections in Tampa are March 2019.


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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