“I will go over the city budget line by line, to make sure the taxpayers’ money is handled with efficiency, honesty and integrity.” – David Straz
There is no candidate in this race who can compete with David’s experience in managing and balancing a major budget. David bought and sold dozens of banks throughout his career and made hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. As a philanthropist, he has given millions of dollars to important institutions in Tampa including the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Tampa and the Lowry Park Zoo. As chairman of current mayor Bob Buckhorn’s transition committee, David frequently met with the mayor during his first two years in office going over the city’s budget, line by line, and addressing fiscal issues.