Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Bay Buzz
  • From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Straz rockets past $1 million mark in his run for Tampa mayor–using his own cash as fuel

David Straz Jr. has said he'll spend whatever it takes to best a crowded field to become Tampa's next mayor.

In his latest campaign filings this week, the retired banker and philanthropist placed a sizable down payment to back up that vow.

In his June report, Straz reported loaning himself $800,000, putting his total hard-money contributions at $1,064,170.

Straz's campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Straz campaign war chest now dwarfs Jane Castor, who had a commanding lead in a local poll released in May.

The former Tampa police chief has raised $358,561 between her hard-money and political action committee accounts.

Castor's campaign emphasized their candidate collected cash from hundreds of donors, not from writing herself a check.

"I am humbled by the broad support from more than 400 people from neighborhoods and residents across the city that share my vision for stronger neighborhoods and a striving economy–from East Tampa to New Tampa, West Tampa to South Tampa and neighborhoods in between–I thank them in joining me in making Tampa stronger," Castor said in a statement.

Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is next at $231,834. He pointed to his individual contribution total for June, which topped Castor: $24, 560 to $20,940. He also leads her in total individual contributions.

Turanchik  said his campaign has already reported investments in polling, videos and other campaign expenditures than others hadn't yet logged.

"So we are in good shape in terms of cash on hand and preparation compared to the other candidates who are not self-funding. Of course, David Straz leads in total dollars and cash on hand due to personal loans and self-funding, which is to be expected," Turanchik said in an email.

Just behind Turanchik is Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen, who has amassed $222,890 between his PAC and individual accounts.

"I'm moving along. Summer is a slow time," Cohen said.

Rounding out the field are City Council member Mike Suarez and small businessman Topher Morrison.

Suarez has netted $87,550 between PAC and hard-money while Morrison has totaled $52,832.

The election is March 5.

Comments
Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Mayor Bob Buckhorn's hot take from watching Monday's City Council budget hearing?"I think, unfortunately, reality met election year politics," said the mayor on Tuesday.The City Council voted unanimously to delay final approval of the city's more tha...
Updated: 8 hours ago
DeSantis’s school visit is “not a campaign stop,” Hillsborough district says

DeSantis’s school visit is “not a campaign stop,” Hillsborough district says

Social media this morning was abuzz with questions about gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis's planned 2 p.m. visit to Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy, a public middle school in Hillsborough County.Educators are asking: Wouldn't this be a violatio...
Published: 09/18/18
Bronze bust of Princess Ulele hauled away before dawn from Tampa Riverwalk

Bronze bust of Princess Ulele hauled away before dawn from Tampa Riverwalk

TAMPA — With only a moving crew as witnesses, an 1,800 pound bronze bust of Native American Princess Ulele was hoisted up and hauled away before dawn Tuesday under orders from the city of Tampa.The sculpture was installed in December on ci...
Published: 09/18/18
Tampa City Council rejects Buckhorn budget over health care costs

Tampa City Council rejects Buckhorn budget over health care costs

TAMPA — The city's $1 billion-plus city budget was put on hold Monday evening by a City Council determined to strike a better deal for Tampa employees on health care costs.After a sometimes tense 2 ½ hour hearing, the City Council delayed ...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Pinellas commission will let St. Petersburg use some tax dollars to develop Trop site

Pinellas commission will let St. Petersburg use some tax dollars to develop Trop site

The Pinellas County Commission agreed last week to let St. Petersburg direct about $115 million in tax dollars to help redevelop 86 acres around Tropicana Field, regardless if the Rays move to Tampa or not.With a 5-1 vote, the commission approved May...
Published: 09/17/18
Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

ST. PETERSBURG — Jen Corn's phone alarm went off at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. She had 15 minutes until registration for the Skyway 10K went live.What the 46-year-old Bradenton resident didn't realize was that tens of thousands of people across the b...
Published: 09/14/18
In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

ST. PETERSBURG — The second running of the Skyway 10K race nearly sold out when 7,500 tickets were sold within the first 20 minutes of registration on Thursday.Last year's inaugural 6.2-mile race across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge sold out ...
Published: 09/13/18
St. Pete’s potential solution to affordable housing? Development fees

St. Pete’s potential solution to affordable housing? Development fees

ST. PETERSBURG — The city is considering fees on new development in its latest effort to provide more affordable housing.City Council's Budget, Finance and Taxation Committee voted Thursday to seek proposals for a study on the impacts of a...
Published: 09/13/18
Pinellas County will seek $1.3 million grant for Red Tide cleanup

Pinellas County will seek $1.3 million grant for Red Tide cleanup

In the aftermath of the Red Tide, the Pinellas County Commission will vote Thursday to seek a $1.3 million emergency grant to offset the cleanup of tons of dead fish.Commissioners will vote on the emergency measure during a scheduled meeting Thursday...
Published: 09/13/18
Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER – Residents can hear varying perspectives on the Nov. 6 referendum on whether to change Clearwater's form of government into a strong mayor system at two upcoming forums.The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a forum M...
Published: 09/13/18