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

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 that over the years that I have had a philosophy without regard to party affiliation. They like to pigeonhole me into one area or another and that simply isn’t correct. I support whoever I think is the very best person for the job.”

Straz promised Tampa residents they would get to know him much better in the coming months, telling the Tampa Bay Times on Monday that he is joining the race for mayor of Tampa. He vowed to outwork and, if necessary, outspend his opponents.

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