Jane Castor

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks at a podium
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is rolling out a program that focuses on reaching out to minority-owned businesses to connect them with the city.

Meant to make city hall more readily available to the community, “Bridges to Business” illustrates one of Castor’s major campaign promises: helping small businesses.

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. 

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Four years ago, same-sex couples couldn’t get married in Tampa, Florida. This spring, the city elected its first lesbian mayor. We talk with Mayor Jane Castor.


Jane Castor, mayor of Tampa, Florida. Former Tampa chief of police. (@JaneCastor)

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks at a podium
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Jane Castor took the oath of office Wednesday morning, becoming the newest mayor of Tampa.

She addressed a crowd of several hundred people at Armature Works, a trendy food hall built in an abandoned trolley barn north of downtown.

Jane Castor
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor (l) and David Straz.
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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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis has wasted no time in putting his stamp on the state.

This week on Florida Matters we take a look at some of his actions so far and talk with journalists about other political happenings like the upcoming mayoral race in Tampa.

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The seven candidates for Tampa mayor laid out their vision for the city's transportation infrastructure at a forum at Sparkman Wharf Tuesday night.


While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.


Police officers are just like us:  They drink bottled water. They have dogs. They even tweet.

Starting Friday at 8 a.m., cops around the world will take part in a 24-hour-tweet-a-thon to raise their social media profiles. (Of course, with all the different time zones participating, the "day" will be more like 43 hours. But this is a news website, not a calculus class.)  The virtual ridealong is organized by, which bills itself as "law enforcement's social partner on the web."  Here's a map of all the participating agencies: