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Tampa Bay Times: Philanthropist David Straz joins growing field in Tampa mayor’s race

TAMPA —David Straz thinks the average Tampa resident doesn’t know two important things about him — his work ethic and his independent political philosophy.

“They don’t know that I’m a hard worker. I just don’t sit at home watching TV all day long. I work hard. Even now that I don’t have to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do,” said the retired banker and philanthropist, namesake of the city’s waterfront performing arts center. “They don’t know

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David Straz has lived the American dream and it started with a broom in his hands.

Faith, family and hard work are the values instilled in David in his native Wisconsin. His father was a dental technician who owned his own dental lab and his mother owned gift and card stores. David showed an aptitude for business from an early age. He mowed lawns and did other odd jobs while he was in high school. He got a job sweeping the floor and running errands at a bank in his hometown and moved up to working as a teller. He learned business and banking from the ground floor.


Watch David Straz’s official announcement video.

I love Tampa. I want our city to be the best place in America to live, work, play and grow a successful business.