TAMPA (April 10, 2018)—Ed Turanchik’s campaign for mayor of Tampa is off to a roaring start, raising more than $155,000 through the end of March and drawing more than 500 people to its campaign kickoff.
“I am thrilled and humbled by the support our campaign has received,” said Turanchik. “We have raised more campaign contributions in two months than we raised during my entire 2011 bid for mayor.”
An enthusiastic crowd attended the April 2 kickoff at Tampa’s historic Armature Works. So many people turned out that the campaign ran out of the 500 name tags it brought to the event.
Turanchik, surrounded by family and longtime friends and supporters, said his mayoral campaign is about “reaching as far, as high as we can to aspire to become a great 21st Century American city that provides prosperity for all of us.”
“This is a campaign of unity, a campaign of Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, people from all walks of life, incomes and orientations. We want to be the city we can be.”
The campaign is based on three major elements: housing, innovation and transit. “They’re already a ‘HIT’ with people,” Turanchik said at the kickoff. In order for everyone to succeed, Turanchik said, Tampa needs a strong public education system, and he pledged to work with the School Board and other major education institutions to improve our schools.
The campaign has posted a short clip of Turanchik’s remarks on its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/EdTuranchikForMayor/videos/2126095810741088/
The campaign contribution total includes money raised through a political action committee as well as its campaign account. It has come in small amounts and large, reflecting the diversity of his support.
“Tampa is blessed with a long history of leaders who have worked to get us where we are today,” Turanchik said. “I look forward to the coming month as we discuss how we can build on this legacy and make Tampa an even better place to live, work and play.”