TAMPA, Fla. -- The City of Tampa will have a new mayor beginning May 1.
On Tuesday's runoff election, Jane Castor won in a landslide over businessman David Straz. With over 53,000 votes accounted for, the former Tampa Police Chief earned 38,854 votes (73.1%), while Straz received 14,290 votes (26.9%).
Tampa’s next Mayor Jane Castor pic.twitter.com/TIJy4qKr0v
— CarsonChambers (@CarsonChambers) April 23, 2019
Castor declared victory at her election night watch party a little before 7:30 p.m. She thanked her supporters and gave props to outgoing mayor Bob Buckhorn, who has been in office since April 2011.
Minutes after Castor's speech, David Straz conceded conceded the race to the former Tampa Police Chief.
"Jane Castor won," Straz said in front of his supporters. "If you want the best for Tampa, then you want Jane Castor to succeed."
— Ryan Smith (@RyanReports) April 24, 2019
Jane Castor is a Tampa native and was Tampa’s former Police Chief of six years. She served for 31 years in the Tampa Police Department and was a law enforcement consultant.