TAMPA — With nearly 18 months to go before the next Tampa City Council election, West Tampa businessman Thomas Castellano has filed to run for the District 6 council seat now held by Council Chairman Charlie Miranda.
Castellano, 63, filed with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections on Oct. 4.
Castellano owns Castellano A/C Services, an air conditioning company on North Armenia Avenue.
Castellano last ran for office in 2010 when he challenged U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat. Castellano lost in the Republican primary.
Since then, he has dropped his party affiliation.
“I don’t believe either of the parties represent us any more,” he said this week.
Castellano is the second person to get a jump on the March 2015 city council election.
Borthland Roachesta Murray, an insurance agent, filed Sept. 3 to run for the District 5 seat now held by Councilman Frank Reddick.
Murray, 47, is a sergeant with the Tampa Police Department. He is married with three teen-age children.
Murray said he will retire from the police department soon and sees the council as a way to continue to perform public service.
Castellano grew up in West Tampa and attended Leto High School. He is married with two grown daughters and eight grandchildren.
The district he hopes to represent takes in West Tampa, the West Shore Business District, Drew Park and Beach Park, among other areas. It’s one of four regional districts on the city council.
Miranda, 72, is nearing the end of his second term representing District 6. He’s prohibited by term limit laws from running again for the same seat.
Miranda says he is considering running for District 2, one of three at-large seats on the seven member council. The District 2 seat is now held by Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, who is also term-limited. She is running for Hillsborough County Commission.
Miranda said he’s not ready to make a final decision about seeking another term on the council. He said he’ll probably decide by November 2014.
“It just depends on my well-being,” he said.