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Former Tampa police chief Jane Castor forms political committee, raises $16,250

Former Tampa police chief Jane Castor has formed a political committee, Tampa Strong, in advance of what is expected to be a run for mayor in 2019.

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Former Tampa police chief Jane Castor has formed a political committee, Tampa Strong, in advance of what is expected to be a run for mayor in 2019.

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Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, a likely but so far unannounced candidate for mayor in the 2019 election, has quietly formed a political committee.

The committee, Tampa Strong, was formed July 11. It collected $16,250 that month, according to its first finance report.

Of that, $15,000 came from Bear Defense Services, a defense aviation contracting firm headed by Darrell Egner, a former Tampa police officer who worked in aerial surveillance.

Castor couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon. But the husband of another donor, Tampa insurance executive Guy King III, a Castor backer, said the purpose of the committee was to support her, though he said he didn’t know if it was aimed specifically at a mayoral race.

“I hope she does run,” King said, “I’d certainly support her.”

King recently paid for a poll that showed Castor leading the pack among several potential candidates.

Paperwork to form the committee was filed by Ana Cruz, a political adviser to Castor.

The paperwork says its scope is “statewide,” its purpose is to “support candidates for state, legislative or local offices,” and its interest is to “Create strong communities via sensible leadership and policies.”

[Last modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 5:12pm]

    

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