The race for Mayor of the City of Tampa is heading for a runoff after Tuesday night's election.
Jane Castor held a big lead over the other candidates, garnering 23,173 votes (48%) according to the unofficial results. However, if the leading vote getter doesn't reach 50% of the vote, the city charter mandates a runoff.
I am so grateful for the hard work and ceaseless energy that all of our supporters and volunteers have given to our campaign along the way. These next six weeks will be an exciting sprint, and we aren't taking anything for granted. pic.twitter.com/aufv9r4D4D— Jane Castor for Mayor (@JaneforTampa) March 6, 2019
The next closest candidate was David Straz, who received 7,453 (15%).
Thank you to all that came out, voted and supported David Straz in this election cycle. We look forward to the road to April 23rd! #JustImagine #TampaMayor2019 #StrazMayor2019 #Tampa #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/mCBMRJiffD— David Straz for Mayor (@StrazForMayor) March 6, 2019
That means Castor and Straz will face off in a runoff election on April 23.
Early voting will begin April 14.
Voters also had to decide on city council seats and several amendments.
According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, voter turnout was around 20 percent.
"I am so grateful for the hard work and ceaseless energy that all of our supporters and volunteers have given to our campaign along the way," said Jane Castor. "With their selfless hours of volunteering — knocking on doors, making phone calls, or sign waving — they've been right by my side helping me to ensure the continued growth of our great city. These next six weeks will be an exciting sprint, and we aren't taking anything for granted."
“Tampa has a bright future," David Straz said. "The city needs a mayor who can manage a billion dollar budget with honesty, integrity, transparency and imagination. With my success in banking and business, I feel I am the best candidate to serve the city that I love.”