Linda Saul Sena essentially re-elected by Mitch E. Perry

01/22/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Last week the Tampa City Council voted unanimously to determine whether banning  sex offenders from moving into the City of Tampa is constitutional.

 

That vote came after the Council begin discussing late last year a proposal to expand the distance that convicted sex offenders must be from any school, day care center, park or playground.  The Council initially discussed expanding the distance to 2,500 feet from the state law of 1,000 feet.

 Attorney David Smith told the Council that there are serious Constitutional issues at play here.  But Council member Linda Saul-Sena questioned whether such laws are effective. The longtime Council member tells WMNF she will conduct a serious workshop to study the issue (roll tape#1 o.q.”address this problem”) On Friday, Linda Saul-Sena effeetively won another 4 years in office.  As the deadline for Council candidates came and went at high noon, nobody entered the District 3  race to challenge the Davis Island resident, who has served on the Council since 1987. If she had an opponent, her steadfast support behind Mayor Pam Iorio’s reluctance to want to give a property tax break to her constituents could have become an issue. Despite Saul-Sena’s opposition, the Council moved to cut property taxes. The soon-to be re-elected Councilmember believes it should be the state’s responsibility to provide property relief, not City Hall    (roll tape#2 o.q.”will be able to address it”) Because of term limits, the next 4 years will be Saul-Sena’s final term on the Tampa City Council.  She says she’s excited about what can be done to deal with development issues, with  better transportation being the key (roll tape#3 o..q”an alternative to cars”) That’s Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul – Sena.  In her bid for re-election, no other candidate qualified to run against her, meaning she will run unopposed in the City wide District 3 seat on March 6th.          

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