Tampa, FL – Local civic leader Stephen Lytle announced his City Council campaign on the final day of August, but in September quickly showed he was not waiting around to start campaigning. Lytle eclipsed $32,000 in campaign contributions in his first 30 days. To date, no other City Council candidate has raised more from unique donors in that same, short amount of time.
“It has been a truly humbling experience to take on the challenge of running for Tampa City Council. At the same time the outpouring of support I have seen from my neighbors, friends, and family has been absolutely encouraging. They understand that together we can achieve more than any single person ever could.”
Lytle has lived in the Tampa for 18 years since moving from rural St. Cloud, FL to attend the University of South Florida on a Pole Vault scholarship. The first in his family to go to college straight out of high school, he credits that opportunity for helping develop his strong work ethic and ambition for success; something that no doubt played a role in his September campaign efforts.
When asked about his early fundraising success Lytle responded, “I believe that residents across the entire city can rally around the concerns I see as essential to Tampa building a more prosperous future. Strong, empowered neighborhoods, sound fiscal policy, and improving our city’s infrastructure are issues that I am ready to tackle now to help move Tampa forward.”
Lytle is 36 years old and running for office for the first time, but is focused on issues he has familiarity with. By taking a brief glance at his resume you find that his motivation to improve neighborhoods comes from his experience as President of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association. His experience with the city’s financials? Lytle was appointed by Councilman Charlie Miranda to the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee 4 years ago, the last 3 of which he has been elected to serve as Chairman by his peers. That experience has afforded him the opportunity to build relationships with Department Directors throughout the city and learn the challenges each face to meet the expectations of the administration and residents alike.
Lytle is excited about his first month results and the possibility of a successful first campaign, but he has another upcoming first has him equally if not more excited, he and his wife Adrienne are expecting their first child, Mille Nichole, in late November.
City of Tampa municipal elections will take place on March 5th, 2019. To learn more about Stephen Lytle and his campaign for Tampa City Council, District 3 Citywide please visit www.Lytle2019.com.