TAMPA — Incumbent Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione has filed for re-election.
Montelione, 53, is in her first term representing District 7, which runs from Sligh Avenue north along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to the Pasco County line. The district includes the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, older neighborhoods in North Tampa and largely self-contained suburbs in Tampa Palms and New Tampa.
She is the fourth incumbent to file for re-election. Councilmen Harry Cohen and Charlie Miranda have yet to file to run again. Cohen represents South Tampa’s District 4. Miranda, who is term-limited out of District 6, has said he might run for citywide District 2, which has no candidates so far.
Montelione lives in Terrace Park and works with her fiance in his construction company. She won her city council seat in 2011, defeating then-incumbent Joe Caetano, a New Tampa resident. Caetano has filed to run against her in 2015.
During her term on the council, Montelione has focused on transportation issues, becoming an advocate of the “complete streets” development model that calls for building roads with walkers and cyclists in mind along with cars. In 2012, she and her fiance, Josh Geary, became the first couple to join the city’s domestic partnership registry.
Montelione has also pressed the city to work on flooding issues in the older parts of her district.
She said she’d like to see the city redevelop the north Tampa neighborhoods near USF, Florida Hospital Tampa and Moffitt Cancer Center in a way to would cater to the people who work at those and other high-tech institutions nearby.
“This area has huge potential,” she said.