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Bob Buckhorn endorses Lee Lowry for City Council District 4

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is backing Lee Lowry in the Tampa City Council District 4 race, the campaign announced Monday.

Lowry became the third candidate in the race to replace Harry Cohen who is leaving office due to term limits and running for mayor.

District 4 covers South Tampa, Westshore and Davis Islands.

Lowry has worked with Buckhorn for several years serving as his appointee on the Citizens Review Board for the Tampa Police Department. The two have collaborated on issues surrounding human trafficking.

“I fully support Lee as she is passionate, capable, and exactly the type of candidate the City Council can use,” Buckhorn said. “It is also important to have a woman’s voice at the table, and she is the right leader to bring that perspective. I look forward to her success and I encourage others to support her in this endeavor.”

Lowry also serves on the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking as an appointee of former Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and is the immediate past Chair of the State Public Affairs Committee of The Junior Leagues of Florida. 

She lives in South Tampa and works as the lead fundraiser for the Hillsborough Community College Foundation, which will prove to be a valuable skill in her political race

Lowry formerly served as the Director of Development and Communications at St. John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School, and spent several years as the President, CFO and COO of The Junior League of Tampa.

She is running to on a platform of improving city infrastructure, alleviating traffic congestion and increasing public safety.

She’s running against Tucker Hall President Bill Carlson and small business owner Sal Guagliardo. Carlson has raised nearly $70,000, while Guagliardo has raised more than $38,000. Lowry hasn’t posted any fundraising numbers yet.

The city of Tampa municipal election is March 5 with a runoff, if necessary, scheduled for 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 Patch.com 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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