Seth Nelson files to run for Tampa City Council District 3 in 2011 listen07/01/09 Seán Kinane
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Elections for Tampa mayor and city council are almost two years away. Today Tampa attorney Seth Nelson filed to run for the District 3 at-large seat.
"It feels absolutely wonderful to be a candidate for Tampa City Council District 3 citywide.”
Minutes after he turned in paperwork at the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Tampa, Seth Nelson said he is running because he wants the best city for his five-year-old son Kai.
“I believe that Tampa should offer the best opportunities, not only for Kai but for all of our children. And I’m concerned how our city will be in 20 years. I would like Kay and children like him to make Tampa their home in 20 years. And the decisions made on Tampa City Council today will affect that decision tomorrow.”
Two other candidates have filed to run for the city council elections that will take place on March 1, 2011. Lynette "Tracee" Judge has filed to run for District 5 – East Tampa. Current City Council member Joseph Caetano has filed to run for re-election to his north Tampa District 7 seat.
Seth Nelson is running for the seat currently occupied by Linda Saul-Sena, who is term-limited and plans to run for mayor.
Nelson promises to lead on environmental issues.
From the Supervisor of Elections office, Nelson walked with his family five blocks through downtown to meet with supporters at a restaurant. He was joined by his parents, Alice and Carnot Nelson, his son Kay, and his brother Jeremy. They stopped to take a photograph in front of City Hall.
One supporter, Kim Bird lives in Palm Harbor but works in Tampa.
Nelson and his family were greeted with applause as they entered the restaurant. Janelle Bullard, lives in Tampa and works for a local grocery store marketing company.
John Neukamm is a lawyer in Tampa. Neukamm’s son put together an Eagle Scout project several years ago when he first met Nelson. The project was to build a dog park in Palma Ceia.
Nelson almost made City Council in 2006 when there were two vacancies because Rose Ferlita and Kevin White migrated to the Hillsborough County Commission. Forty-nine people applied for the two vacancies and Nelson lost in the second round of voting.
As an attorney, Nelson specializes in family law and works for the rights of disabled children. “I represent kids with disabilities and fight to make sure that they get a free, appropriate public education under the Individual Disability Education Act.”
Nelson grew up in Old Hyde Park and still lives in that section of Tampa. He says he has experience with one of the most important roles of City Council, working with Tampa’s budget.