It’s official, former Tampa police chief Jane Castor will be the city’s next mayor. Castor decisively defeated David Straz in the runoff election with 73% of the vote, according to WTSP.
The election went to a runoff after a March 5 vote failed to produce a clear winner. Neither candidate received 50% of the vote.
Endorsed by Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Castor has been endorsed by current Mayor Bob Buckhorn and comes with 31 years of experience in law enforcement. She was Tampa’s first female police chief.
Her years of service in the city of Tampa earned her praise and confidence from former Florida Governor Bob Martinez, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and State Senator Janet Cruz.
Will be sworn into office in May
In her campaign, Castor focused on the future of transportation in the city of Tampa. Creating safer bike and pedestrian paths, expanding Tampa’s reliance on rail service, reducing speed limits, and more affordable housing were all a part of her platform.
Jane Castor will officially be sworn into office on May 1, 2019.