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Nicholas Glover looks to volunteers for final campaign push

“We know in order to win the community, we must be in the community.”

Tampa City Council candidate Nicholas Glover is asking his supporters to help him pound the pavement to get out the vote.

“We know in order to win the community, we must be in the community and I’m excited to be running a truly authentic grassroots campaign that thrives off of our hardworking volunteers,” Glover said in a Facebook video message. “I need you to join me and my team by knocking on doors and making phone calls to share my vision for this great city. Your support means everything to me.”

Glover posted the message Monday to coincide with the start of early voting in Tampa.

We feel great heading into early voting,” Glover said. “Our message is clearly resonating with voters. They’re tired of the same broken promises from the same politicians every election year. We’re finally going to take the bold action to address the issues we face.”

The Glover campaign launches “days of action” every weekend to bring together supporters for canvassing and phone banking. Supporters also phone bank remotely from their homes calling voters all over the city.

The campaign trains volunteers on messaging and strategy before sending them into neighborhoods to get out the vote.

The campaign is also reaching voters through direct mail and digital communication. The campaign is touting itself as the only truly grassroots effort. Glover entered the race later than other candidates, but has mostly caught up in fundraising.

As of February 15, Glover raised more than $42,000 from local supporters. That’s still $13,000 less than Stephen Lytle and $80,000 less than John Dingfelder, but Dingfelder, a former Tampa City Council member, has loaned his campaign $50,000.

“We saw voters stand up where politicians have failed us for decades with the All for Transportation and Strengthen Our Schools referendums,” Glover added. “The same politicians who failed to bring transit, housing, and education solutions to Tampa are telling us ‘it’s not your turn’. We’re not asking for their permission and this isn’t a crown they get to pass down to their friends. Regular people are standing up and making their voices heard.”

Glover also faces Vibha Shevade in the four-way race for the citywide District 3 seat currently held by Yvonne Yolie Capin. Capin is leaving office due to term limits.

Election Day is March 5 with a runoff, if necessary, scheduled for April 23.

If elected, Glover would be the first African-American to hold that district.

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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