Harry Cohen

Tampa City Council member Luis Viera has worked hard during his time in office to raise the political engagement of the New Tampa area he represents in District 7.

So, it was only natural that with more than a candidate forums scheduled throughout the City of Tampa for mayoral candidates, Viera would work on getting one held here.

Ed Turanchik

On Tuesday, February 19, at 7 p.m., The Venetian Event Center at St. Mark the Evangelist Church on Cross Creek Blvd. will host a forum that, as of our deadline, had commitments from mayoral candidates Ed Turanchik, Mike Suarez, Harry Cohen, Judge Dick Greco, Jr., and Topher Morrison.

Former Tampa Police chief Jane Castor, the leader in most early polls, had a prior commitment but will send a representative.

Topher Morrison

Sponsored by the New Tampa Council (NTC) and the New Tampa morning and noon Rotary Clubs, the forum will be moderated by Neighborhood News editor Gary Nager and NTC member and K-Bar Ranch resident Craig Margelowsky.

The candidates are all running for the mayoral seat being vacated by Bob Buckhorn because of term limits.

Talking Kinnan-Mansfield

February will be a busy month in New Tampa, as Viera also has scheduled what he is calling a community meeting on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Tampa Regional Library. Viera hopes that New Tampa residents interested in the long-debated potential connection between Kinnan St. in New Tampa and Meadow Pointe’s Mansfield Blvd. will attend.

Viera met in January with Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, who represents the Meadow Pointe area. Moore told Viera he was opposed to the connection but would seek compromises whenever possible.

Those compromises likely center around connecting Kinnan and Mansfield so at least first responders and emergency vehicles could use it, as well as bikes and pedestrians. — JCC

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