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Jeff Brandes & Dana Young help fundraise for Tampa Council candidate Jackie Toledo

Though political ideology rarely surfaces in your typical Tampa City Council meeting, the fact of the matter is the current seven-member board is represented exclusively by Democrats at the moment.

That may change in March, though, when the leading contender to succeed Charlie Miranda in the District 6 race is engineer Jackie Toledo, a registered Republican.

Toledo has a substantial fundraising lead in that contest. So far she’s raised $60,000-plus more than her two opponents, Guido Maniscalco and Tommy Castellano. And undoubtedly she’ll raise lots more at a fundraiser scheduled for January 22 at the South Tampa home of Guy and Debbie King.

Two Tampa Bay area state Republicans: Pinellas/Hillsborough state Sen. Jeff Brandes and Tampa state Rep. Dana Young, are listed as co-hosts of the event.

Toledo got another boost to her campaign this week when she became the only newcomer on the ballot this year to  earn the endorsement from the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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