According to the Tampa Tribune, the Police Benevolent Association – the labor union representing the good law enforcement officers with the Tampa Police Department – endorsed Julie Brown in her campaign against incumbent City Councilman John Dingfelder.
This should not be a surprise. The PBA has long opposed Dingfelder – he was the only member of the City Council to vote against a change to the Tampa Police and Fire Pension Fund. (It was mildly controversial because the change affected current employees and those in the DROP program — but not officers who were already retired.)
He voted against the union, and they started shopping for an opponent. Julie Brown is a good candidate – a former City Attorney, so she isn’t completely new to local government.
I have not heard of any candidate forums for District 4, but I expect that Brown will give Dingfelder quite the fight. She already has an impressive list of endorsements and supporters on her side.
She is also managing to hold her own in fundraising against Dingfelder — an important measure of broader support in the community. And her campaign consultants, Strategic Solutions, are among the best in the local industry.
Dingfelder has a tough fight on his hands.
(Cross-posted at Sticks of Fire)