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Jane Castor ads highlight Tampa progress, Bob Buckhorn support

“The energy and excitement that binds Tampa together is electric.”

Tampa mayoral candidate Jane Castor is dropping a massive ad buy.

Starting Thursday, two 30-second spots will air on Spectrum cable and local broadcast channels throughout the city.

One ad features Castor touting Tampa’s progress. The other features incumbent Mayor Bob Buckhorn encouraging voters to choose Castor as his successor to continue progress in the city he loves.

“The energy and excitement that binds Tampa together is electric,” the ad featuring Castor begins. “We’re making all kinds of progress, but we need to make sure that everyone feels it.”

The ad is set in various scenes throughout the city including a bird’s-eye view of the downtown riverfront, the West river bank and Ybor City.

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Castor’s ad highlights her commitment to better jobs, less traffic and more affordable housing. Through those, Castor says, “we can build an even safer, more vibrant city.”

“But to keep moving forward, we need a leader who is in touch with our neighborhoods and has a record of getting things done,” she continues.

The other ad features Buckhorn, who shares similar sentiments and draws on the current mayor’s own passion for the city.

“We live in a vibrant and safe city that’s on the verge of something really special, and now is no time to slow it down,” Buckhorn says.

He continues that Castor is the right candidate to “get the job done and take our city to the next level.”

“She’ll be a mayor who brings all of Tampa together to grow jobs, fix traffic congestion and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

The ad ends with Buckhorn saying Castor is the right pick to write Tampa’s next “best chapter.”

The ads come just one day after Buckhorn officially endorsed Castor, though he’s been expected to do so since before she even announced she was running. It’s also clear from the ad’s timing that Buckhorn had made up his mind before going public. The video would have begun production long before he announced his endorsement.”

The two ads also reaffirm Castor’s commitment to running a clean campaign against her opponent, philanthropist David Straz. Castor said she would protect her reputation against attacks, but would keep her own campaign tactics focused on vision and experience.

Straz refused to make that same promise saying during a news conference one day after the election that put the two candidates into a runoff that “it’s a free country” and that as long as negative ads were truthful, they were fair game.

Straz has already employed two points in negative ads targeting Castor including one criticizing her support for red light cameras and another blasting the former Tampa Police Chief for the agency’s ticketing policy against minor biking infractions a Tampa Bay Times report found to disproportionately target African-American cyclists in poor communities.

The runoff election is 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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