Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes will leave his District 5 seat after falling to challenger Gwendolyn Henderson in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Henderson secured more than 50% of the vote, while Gudes captured just shy of 49%. The rest of the votes went to a write-in candidate.
The exact margin, 50.31% to 48.86%, is outside the margin of difference that would prompt an automatic recount.
Gudes faced a damning controversy last year involving an employee complaint that he made inappropriate comments and created a hostile work environment.
Henderson is that employee’s sister, though she says that’s not why she ran.