Several Tampa mayoral candidates pick up endorsements


David Straz and Topher Morrison picked up several endorsements in the Tampa mayoral race Thursday.

Straz announced to his campaign staff at headquarters in Ybor City that he’d been endorsed by the Florida Sentinel Bulletin, a biweekly paper focusing on issues in Tampa’s black community.

The wealthy former banker and philanthropist said he was proud of his focus on communities that he believes have been ignored by the current administration.

“Monies have been put in downtown Tampa, $35 million park and other things,” said Straz.

“And nothing done in East and West Tampa. So I have focused on East and West Tampa and I have said to everyone that we need to share our prosperity with all of Tampa.”

On the topic of shared prosperity, 8 On Your Side asked Straz if he supported recent policy proposals by prominent national Democrats to increase taxes on the ultra-wealthy, specifically, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent on income above $10 million.

“That seems a little outrageous, that seems like more than a fair share,” Straz said, though he admitted he was not familiar with the details of the proposal.

Small businessman Topher Morrison picked up a key endorsement Thursday by the Hillsborough County Black Democratic Caucus. 

Watch Politics On Your Side to see the full interview with David Straz on Sunday morning at 9:30, right before Meet the Press

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