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2019 Tampa Mayor's Race

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, right, with Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham
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Jane Castor is in her first weeks as the new mayor of Tampa. Her position as the first gay mayor in the Southeastern U.S. didn't come up much during the campaign, but she made national news the day after her victory. 

Jane Castor
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

One of the first things Jane Castor did after winning the race for Tampa Mayor Tuesday night was thanking her partner - Ana Cruz. But the fact that Castor is becoming the first openly gay mayor in Tampa's history didn't come up much during the campaign.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor trounced businessman David Straz in Tuesday's elections and will become the city's next mayor.

Jane Castor, left, and David Straz
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A lot of ads for Tampa mayor are saturating TV sets throughout the Tampa Bay area. And they show there's little being held back between businessman David Straz and former Tampa police chief Jane Castor.

Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor (l) and David Straz.
Daylina Miller and Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Tampa mayoral candidate Jane Castor leads her opponent David Straz by 36 points in a new poll from the University of North Florida's Public Opinion Research Lab.


Jane Castor, left, and David Straz are running to become mayor of Tampa.
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Voters in Florida's third-largest city will go to the polls April 23 in the runoff for Tampa's mayor.

During the March election, former Police Chief Jane Castor almost got the 50 percent plus one needed to avoid a runoff. And retired banker and philanthropist David Straz came in second of the field of seven candidates, with around 16 percent of the vote.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The two candidates in the runoff for the next mayor of Tampa met in their first debate since the primary Friday. Former Police Chief Jane Castor and businessman and philanthropist David Straz talked about issues ranging from transportation to affordable housing to creating more jobs in the city.

Tampa mayoral candidate and millionaire David Straz said he wouldn't accept a salary if elected. And he said his opponent Jane Castor shouldn't either.

Castor campaign

Last week, Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor and David Straz faced off in their first debate since the the primary.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Jane Castor spent the first day after her near-win in the race for Tampa mayor picking up a key endorsement.

It was no surprise, because the endorsement came from Bob Buckhorn. The former police chief and the soon-to-be-former mayor stood shoulder to shoulder at Water Works Park on the Hillsborough River.

Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor (l) and David Straz.
Daylina Miller and Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

There will be a runoff election April 23 to decide who will be the next mayor of Tampa. On Tuesday, former Police Chief Jane Castor got just under the 50 percent of the vote she needed to become mayor outright.

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WUSF Public Media has asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their positions on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

City of Tampa

WUSF Public Media asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here are the replies from candidate and Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen:

WUSF Public Media  asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here's the response from City Council member Mike Suarez.

1) Transportation:

What are your plans to ease transportation woes in Tampa?

Castor campaign

WUSF Public Media  asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here's the response from former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor:

1) Transportation:

What are your plans to ease transportation woes in Tampa?

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Early voting for Mayor of Tampa is underway. The seven candidates haven't differed much on their stances on transportation, affordable housing - and increasingly, climate change.