Lytle Qualifies by Petition in Tampa Council Race
Stephen Lytle is running for the District 3 seat on the Tampa City Council.
TAMPA – Civic leader Stephen Lytle has said that he will not be outworked while on the campaign trail or when elected to office.
Now he said he has proven that by submitting enough ballot petitions to qualify for the District 3 City Council race. He is one of only two of the 36 candidates who have filed to run in all Tampa municipal races to reach that goal. Orlando Gudes running for District 5 East Tampa also has done so. Council candidates needed to collect at least 898 verified signatures by Jan. 4 to qualify.
Those who did not qualify by petition must now pay a qualifying fee by Jan. 18 to be listed on the ballot – $2,774 for council races.The money saved by not having to pay a fee can be used in other ways during the campaign, which is an advantage, Lytle said.
“Qualifying by ballot petition is not an easy process, taking significant work and dedication to achieve,” said Lytle, “but my platform is anchored by sound fiscal policy. I believe candidates must actively demonstrate their conviction to the issues they champion and I have done that here today.”
Lytle’s platform, which focuses on strengthening and empowering neighborhoods and improving infrastructure, has been reflective of his experiences in Tampa. He is the only city council candidate who serves as a Neighborhood Association president and he has chaired the city of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee for the past three years.
Those experiences proved beneficial in Lytle’s efforts to qualify by ballot petition, paralleled by the strong financial support the campaign has posted as well, he said.
Lytle said he has been optimistic on the campaign trail and for the future of Tampa if elected: “Together the citizens of Tampa can achieve more than any single person could ever do alone. It is time to work together and move Tampa forward.”
Lytle is one of three candidates running for the District 3 seat. The others are John Dingfelder and Vibha Shevade. The nonpartisan election is March 5.
For information about Lytle, go to Lytle2019.com.
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