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Lytle Family Welcomes New Addition on Thanksgiving Day

On a day when we give thanks for many things… shelter, sustenance, family, friends, opportunity, patience… the Lytle family gave thanks for something new; welcoming their health, beautiful baby girl into the world. Tampa’s newest resident, Millie Nichole Lytle, was born at 3:06AM on Thanksgiving morning, weighing in at 7lbs 6oz and measuring  20 inches tall.

Adrienne Lytle is now back at home being supported by Stephen after recovering from 31 hours of labor. After 5 days in the hospital the family is glad to be back home with their daughter and looks forward to creating a supportive homelife for Millie. A few pictures of Millie are below:

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Lytle Continues Fundraising Success, Outraising Opponents in October Cycle

Following up on a strong first start to his campaign in which he raised over $30k in the first 30 days Stephen Lytle, a candidate for Tampa City Council – District 3 Citywide, continued his fundraising momentum by again outraising his opponents during the month of October.

Since announcing his campaign near the beginning of September Lytle has closed the gap from individual donors to about $4k between he and the District 3 opponent who announced 9 months ago and leads the race in fundraising results. Lytle has outperformed his other opponent in fundraising by nearly $36k.

“It’s no surprise that the success of a campaign is built upon the ability to fundraise,” said Lytle, “and as a first-time candidate, I understand how important voter outreach is to this campaign. Nobody will outwork me during this campaign and I promise nobody will outwork me when I serve our residents on City Council.”

Lytle credits his fundraising success to the relationships and trust he has built with community and business leaders while serving his community. He is the only City Council candidate that serves as a Neighborhood Association President and he has served for three years as the Chair of the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee, two experiences he believes will be benefit him if elected.

“As I have met with fellow neighborhood leaders, I have heard their concerns and we need a councilmember who will be a steward for our communities on the dais. We need a councilmember who has shown the leadership and vision to move Tampa forward and will strengthen and empower our neighborhoods.”

The momentum will be necessary for Lytle’s campaign as we enter a time when fundraising becomes more difficult. Many are burned out on mid-term elections and the holiday season is sure to slow down fundraising, additionally, Lytle’s campaign events slowed this month as he prepared for fatherhood, as he and his wife are expecting to welcome their daughter to the world on November 21st. Not one to take too long a break though he picks campaign work back up starting December 4th with a Candidate Meet and Greet and Fundraiser at Yeoman’s Cask & Lion in Downtown Tampa. More information available at www.Lytle2019.com.

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Stephen Lytle, 36 Year Old First Time Candidate and Community Leader, Raises over $32,000 in First 30 Days

Stephen Lytle with his wife Adrienne at the Campaign Kick Off hosted at Brew Bus Brewing in Seminole Heights on 9/6/18.

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.

Stephen Lytle with neighbors and volunteers at the Coastal Clean Up event hosted by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and the SSHCA at Rivercrest Park on 9/15/18

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.

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Stephen Lytle Announces 2019 Campaign for Tampa City Council – District 3, Citywide

Stephen, with his wife Adrienne, at the Supervisor of Elections office. Stephen filed his campaign for Tampa City Council District 3 on 8/31/18.

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:

  1. Sound Fiscal Policy
  2. Improved Infrastructure
  3. 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!

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Stephen Lytle Named to Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 under 40 List

After reviewing nomination materials from more than 200 applicants, the Tampa Bay Business Journal has chosen this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees.

A panel from the TBBJ identified these up and coming executives, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, teachers, health care professionals, lawyers, bankers and more.

Previously Up & Comers, the TBBJ returned to the 40 Under 40 format this year, honoring candidates who will be under 40 years of age as of Oct. 11.

View the photo gallery link to find this year’s 40 Under 40. More information about the event will be revealed soon.