Miranda: Not so fast political hopefuls

07/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Last week, the Tampa City Council endorsed a proposal made by Councilman Charlie Miranda that could prevent council members who lose a bid for higher office from immediately getting their old job back.

Miranda’s proposal was approved by the Council on a 5-2 vote. One of those who supported it was Mary Mulhern, who could be one of those council member affected if the city legal staff deems the measure legal. Mulhern is considering a run for higher office in the future. If she were to run for Hillsborough County Commissioner in 2010, but lose – Miranda’s measure would ban her from running in 2011 for re-election to Council.

Council members Linda Saul-Sena voted against the motion by Miranda. Saul-Sena is considered a likely mayoral candidate in 2011.

Mulhern said she spoke with Miranda to understand the motivation behind his calling for such a temporary ban on running for re-election.

Councilman John Dingfelder was the other member of Council to vote against Miranda’s motion. He has already announced that he will be running for a County Commission seat in 2010. Miranda’s proposal, if considered legal, could prevent him for running for an at-large Council seat in 2011.

Council members make $40,000 a year and can serve up to two four-year terms. They can then run for another seat and stay there for up to eight years.

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