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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Here’s where Tampa candidates will celebrate election night

Drinks will be had. Speeches will be given.

Candidates for Tampa Mayor and three City Council districts will be celebrating Tuesday night, win or lose.

While City Council races have been quiet, Tampa’s mayoral race has been anything but. The past six weeks of campaigning have been marked by one-sided negative ads blasting over cable airwaves and into voters’ mailboxes various criticisms from David Straz about his opponent, Jane Castor.

All of that stops after Tuesday’s runoff election when voters will decide who to put in Tampa City Hall to replace Bob Buckhorn.

Drinks will be had. Speeches will be given. Here’s where to catch the fun with your favorite Tampa candidates.

Mayor

Jane Castor

The Vault

611 N. Franklin Street

6:30 p.m.

David Straz

Wright’s Gourmet House

1200 S. Dale Mabry Highway

6-8 p.m.

District 1

Joe Citro

The Wine Bar and Cafe

6428 N. Florida Avenue

6:30-9 p.m.

Walter Smith II

The Attic Cafe

500 E. Kennedy Blvd. Ste. 400

6-9 p.m.

District 3

John Dingfelder

Elevage Epicurean

1207 S. Howard Avenue

7-10 p.m.

Stephen Lytle

Celebrating privately with friends and family

District 5

Orlando Gudes

Zydeco Brew Werks

1902 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City

7-11 p.m.

Jeffrey RhodesĀ 

Columbia Centennial Museum

2117 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City

7-10 p.m.

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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