In my capacity as a private citizen, I wish to endorse Joe Redner for Tampa City Council District 1. The election is on March 27th.
Here is his website.
Joe is a controversial character, but let us consider the following:
The 12-year incumbent, Gwen Miller, has never engendered controversy in her official capacity because she never takes a stand on anything or speaks up at council meetings. She does vote at council meetings, but you could count on one hand the number of initiatives she has been responsible for in her 12 years on the council without taking off your mittens.
Joe Redner is, at the very least, his own man. And he won't sit idly by on the council and say nothing and do nothing. And he's certainly no member of the "good ol' boys club." If anything he's one of their top antagonists. Joe Redner will shake up the city council, and that's what we need.
Ask yourself the following question: Is Tampa a well-run city? Is our government responsive or responsible? If you answered yes, please send me some of whatever drugs you're on, because I want to try them! But seriously, folks, if you're a little nervous about Joe simply because of the business he owns, consider whether you're making the right judgment on the man. And consider, too, what exactly are you afraid of? We've already got lousy government. Give Joe a chance; I think he's exactly what the city needs.