Perennial Tampa City Council candidate Joe Citro will finally have his seat on the dais. The four-time candidate bested Walter Smith II for the District 1 seat Tuesday night in a 58 to 42 victory.
Citro, a hairdresser by trade, is a regular face at City Council meetings and has participated on numerous boards and city initiatives including work on the city charter, code enforcement and civil service boards.
Citro’s “CITY Plan to Put Tampa to Work” emphasizes careers, infrastructure, transportation and youth development.”
While Citro entered the runoff with an edge, he faced a potential hurdle collecting votes from voters who had previously supported losing candidates. That’s how Mayor Bob Buckhorn came from a distant second place finish in the 2011 Tampa Municipal Election to soundly beat Rose Ferlita who had been the frontrunner.
Citro also staved off a potentially crippling endorsement his opponent nabbed from former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Citro will replace Mike Suarez, who is leaving office because of term limits. He’ll be sworn in May 1 for the citywide district.