Tampa City Council Selects 2 new interim members by Mitch E. Perry

11/30/06

The Tampa City Council today selected 2 new members to server for the next 4 months on the Council.

Land use attorney Charles “Chip� Fletcher was selected to replace Rose Ferlita in District 2, and Frank Reddick, an executive board member of the East Tampa Partnership, was selected to replace Kevin White in District 5.

Ferlita and White left the board earlier this month after they both successfully were elected to the Hillsborough County Commission.

Originally, 52 people applied for the 2 positions – 42 for Ferlita’s City Wide seat.

On Tuesday, the Council heard over 2 hours of the candidates making 2 minute pitches on why they should be selected.

But today It took only 2 ballots for Environmental attorney Chip Fletcher be elected to succeed Rose Ferlita (roll tape#1 o.q. “ to serve in this post�)

Seth Nelson, an attorney who sits on the City’s Variance Review Board, lost by just one vote to Fletcher, 3-2.

On the first ballot, those 2 men were joined by former Dick Greco assistant Julie Harris – but she never received a 2nd vote.

There was little discussion about the candidates by the Council, other than praise for all of those who offered themselves up for public service.

But before the Council chose a replacement for the District 5 seat, Councilmember Linda Saul-Sena reiterated her previous declaration that she would not vote for any candidate who has already declared themselves to run when the Council holds regular elections for the seats in March (roll tape#2 o.q.�I just wanted to share that�)

Councilmember John Dingfelder said he agreed with Saul-Sena, and was also not supporting anybody who has formally announced their candidacy when the seat comes back up in March.

The voting for the District 5 Seat, which encompasses specifically East and West Tampa, went a little bit longer. Only 6 candidates ultimately applied for Kevin White’s seat, and on the first ballot, each Council member voted for a different candidate.

After a 2nd ballot had failed to find a winner, Councilmember Sean Harrison then said he would agree with Saul-Sena and Dingfelder in terms of who should no longer be eligible (roll tape#3 o.q.�just so we can move this along�)

That then prompted John Dingfelder to say that he now disagreed with philosophy (roll tape#4 o.q.� with Mr. Reddick�)

That would be Frank Reddick, an executive Board Member of the East Tampa Partnership. On the 4th ballot, Reddick nudged out Beverly Morrow, the former president of the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association. Reddick was not present at today’s council meeting.

Next week Reddick and Chip Fletcher will take office. The elections for new Council members will take place next March.

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