You can read the accompanying 15 March column on my Tribune Archive page.
Daniel wrote an excellent column on 15 March regarding Joe Redner and the possibility he just may win a city council seat this time. I think Redner is more like the everyday average Tampa citizen than Gwen Miller. And as Daniel rightly pointed out in his article, Redner has emerged as the candidate with a keener understanding of the issues important to Tampa voters.
Few Tampa voters took the 10 minutes out of their day to participate in the last election. Maybe the possibility of a Redner victory will get them off their Lazyboy chairs this time and in front of the ballot box. As one man with one city council vote, Redner is unlikely to make the walls of city hall come crumbling down if he wins. So I encourage Tampa voters to give the guy a shot. So what if he has strip club businesses. Direct TV, Dish Network, and Brighthouse all offer porn channels to any subscriber who wants to watch it. The citizens of Tampa don’t seem to have a problem with that since they allow those companies to do business in Tampa.
If you don’t want Redner to win, I suggest Tampa voters get off their ass and vote this time. If they don’t, they will have no reason to complain if Redner wins. I suspect they will see he cares about the city just as much as anyone else does.
What do you think will happen on the 7th try for Redner? Will he win this time? Are you a Tampa voter? Do you plan to vote?