In the most contentious Tampa City Council race this cycle, former state Sen. Janet Cruz and District 3 incumbent Lynn Hurtak will head to a runoff April 25.
Hurtak led Cruz with 42.5% of the vote to Cruz’s 38.8%. A runoff is needed because neither candidate reached 50% plus one vote.
The race has been marked by a referendum on Mayor Jane Castor. Hurtak is part of a three-member coalition to vote against Castor’s administration or in favor of measures to erode her executive authority.
Cruz has something of a familial relationship with the mayor: Her daughter is Castor’s longtime partner.