The City of Tampa will have a new mayor. On Tuesday’s runoff election, Jane Castor won in a landslide over David Straz.
On Tuesday’s runoff election, Jane Castor won in a landslide over David Straz. With over 53,000 votes accounted for, the former Tampa Police Chief earned over 38,800 votes, about 73 percent, while Straz, a businessman, got over 14,200 votes, or over 26 percent.
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Castor declared victory a little before 7:30 p.m. at her election night watch party. She thanked her supporters and gave props to outgoing mayor Bob Buckhorn, who held office from April 2011. Minutes after Castor’s speech, David Straz conceded conceded the race to the former Tampa Police Chief.
“Jane Castor won,” Straz said in front of his supporters. “If you want the best for Tampa, then you want Jane Castor to succeed.”
Quite a lot has been going on:
Tampa Mayor’s Race Mercifully Winds Down with Jane Castor as Heavy Favorite
The Tampa mayoral runoff April 23 matching former police chief Jane Castor against billionaire David Straz will end with one sure loser: Tampa residents.
Neither candidate excited the electorate, as witnessed by the anemic 20.55 percent primary turnout March 5. Voters traditionally go to the polls in far fewer numbers for the runoff.
Essentially, the contest pits outgoing Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s entrenched cabal, represented by Castor, and a second group with Straz as poster child, that is attempting to minimize Buckhorn’s influence.
There is no confidence among a large number of progressives, mainstream Democrats, and even some Republicans that either Castor or Straz can vault Tampa from its place as a third-tier American city into a category that includes San Diego, Portland, Charlotte, Austin, and Miami.’ All are more contemporary socially, culturally, and politically than greater Tampa and are thus more able to attract Fortune 1000 companies and high-tech startups.
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First poll of Tampa mayoral runoff gives Jane Castor a sizable lead
As expected, the first poll conducted after last week’s municipal election shows Jane Castor with a commanding lead over her runoff opponent, David Straz.
A Frederick Polls internal survey shows Castor with a 58 percent to 24 percent landslide lead over Straz with the remaining voters undecided. Respondents answered how they would vote if the election were held today.
While that one figure is bad enough for Straz, further questions paint an even more grim picture for the philanthropist’s nearly nonexistent path to victory.
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