Tampa Mayoral Candidate Rolls Out ‘Complete Transportation Plan’ Proposal
Ed Turanchik is scheduled to discuss his vision for the future of transportation in Tampa during a public meeting Monday at his campaign headquarters.
TAMPA – Mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik says he has a “visionary transportation for Tampa’s future” that he will unveil Monday (Jan. 7)
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at his Ybor City campaign headquarters, 1920 E. 7th Ave. The event will also be streamed online. For information about the event, go to facebook.com.
“The Go Plan is a complete transportation plan that connects us from where we live to where we work, go to school and play. It is a plan that we can grow on, and build our future around,” Turanchik said.
Turanchik added that the Go Plan “will be a fundamental shift in the transportation paradigm the city has been operating in for the last 20 years.”
Turanchik is a former Hillsborough County commissioner whose civic and political service spans three decades, starting with the Sierra Club, where he devised the plan for the county’s expanded environment lands program, successfully challenged the county’s growth plans, and led the opposition to a new power plant in Cockroach Bay, which is now a preserve. His environmental and growth management advocacy propelled him into an election to the Hillsborough County Commission in 1990. Turanchik aggressively advanced transit plans to unite the city, county, and region. He also led the effort to locate Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. Turanchik provided critical leadership that ended more than 50 years of regional water wars, creating Tampa Bay Water. He also championed community-based planning, novel storm water solutions in Town ‘N Country and played a leading role on the county commissions that created Hillsborough County’s Health Care plan and supported the Community Investment Tax.
Turanchik ran for Tampa mayor in 2011 in a crowded field and received nearly 20 percent of the vote. He endorsed Mayor Bob Buckhorn in the run-off and actively campaigned for him.
Turanchik is married to Tampa native Jenny Pierson. Their two adult children, Laura Jean and John Turanchik, attended Christ the King School and Plant High School.
Turanchik is one of eight candidates for Tampa mayor. The others are Jane Castor, Harry Cohen, Michael Anthony Hazard, LaVaughn R. King, Christopher “Topher” Morrison, David A. Straz Jr., and Mike Suarez.
The non-partisan election is March 5. The last day to register to vote in the March 5 election is Feb. 4.
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