Castor and Straz advance to April runoff for Tampa mayor

Former police chief Jane Castor and philanthropist David Straz advanced from a field of seven candidates to an April 23 runoff election for Tampa mayor. Castor’s 48 percent put her two percentage points shy of the threshold required to win outright. Straz took second place with 15 percent of the vote and Councilman Harry Cohen finished third with 12 percent. Castor won 101 of the city’s 103 precincts, while Straz won the other two.
The candidates are running to replace Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D), who is term-limited and unable to run for re-election. Both Castor and Straz are registered Democrats, meaning partisan control of the city won’t change based on the result of the runoff.