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.
Over the last year I have been highly encouraged by friends, family, and community leaders to formally serve the City of Tampa by entering the 2019 City Council race. After a lot of consideration and thought I am now prepared to accept that challenge and run for the District 3, Citywide seat and with your support we can move Tampa forward together.
For many years I have been working for you by understanding the needs of our residents and organizing grassroots efforts to improve communities. In turn, these experiences have allowed me to spend countless hours listening to your concerns as neighbors and business leaders about the current state of our city and the challenges we face as we continue to grow and solidify our reputation as one of the nation’s top places to live. I agree with many of you that we are all blessed to call Tampa home, but there is still work to be done and I am ready to work for you.
The decision to run for City Council is one I have not taken lightly and I am confident that my experiences with neighborhoods and city government have grown my skills as a leader, communicator, and advocate for residents and businesses. As President of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association I have worked to improve city services, safety, and civic engagement in our neighborhood. Similarly, I have spent the last 3 years representing you as Chair of the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee; a unique opportunity which has given me unprecedented knowledge about our cities one billion dollar budget and the future financial challenges before us.
The one thing I have heard consistently is that you believe we have a bright future ahead of us as long as we elect the right leadership to move Tampa forward. I am ready to take that challenge on and have identified three areas of focus that will impact you and every other resident in the city:
- Sound Fiscal Policy
- Improved Infrastructure
- Empowered Neighborhoods
These issues are vitally important to our future success and I will knock on as many doors as possible to discuss these issues with you personally, hear your concerns, and learn how I can help each of you. Together we can achieve more than any single person could ever do alone and that is why I need your help to make this campaign a success by volunteering your time and/or making a financial contribution to our efforts. I am inviting you to join me today and let’s move Tampa forward, together!