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Tampa PBA endorses Lee Lowry in City Council District 4

“I look forward to working every day to help them have the resources they need.”

The Tampa Police Benevolent Association is backing Lee Lowry for Tampa City Council District 4, the campaign announced Thursday.

Lowry serves on Citizens’ Review Board for the Tampa Police Department as a Mayor Bob Buckhorn appointee, who also endorsed her. She said that experience gives her knowledge of the agency’s operations.

“It is an honor to have these hard working public servants express support for my campaign for Tampa City Council. I look forward to working every day to help them have the resources they need to protect our citizens and serve safely and proudly;” Lowry said in a statement.

Lowry is running for the South Tampa City Council District against two other candidates — Tucker Hall President Bill Carlson and dairy business manager Sal Guagliardo Jr.

She serves as the lead fundraiser for the Hillsborough Community College Foundation and has a history of public service in Tampa including as the former Director of Development and Communications at St. John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School and as the President, CFO and COO of the Junior League of Tampa.

The PBA endorsement comes the same week Lowry also received an endorsement from former State Rep. Faye Culp. Culp, a Republican and retired teacher, served on the Hillsborough County School Board in the late 80s and early 90s and then was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1994 where she served two terms before being elected in 2002 and served another two-terms.

“I have met Lee Lowry and gotten to know her and I am certain she will be an excellent addition to the Tampa City Council. Her work on the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking as an appointee of Gov. Scott, on the Citizens Review Board for the Tampa Police Department as an appointee of Mayor Buckhorn along with her vast volunteer background in civic causes will bring an element to the Council that is needed. I look forward to supporting her efforts and to her serving all of Tampa.”

Lowry is running a grassroots campaign meeting with neighbors throughout her district. If elected, she said she would work to improve the city’s infrastructure, alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for children and families, all of which she said will help make Tampa a better place to live, work and play.

Lowry also nabbed an endorsement from Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively.

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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