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Capin files for re-election to Tampa City Council

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— Tampa City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin has filed for re-election to a second term on the council.

She becomes the second sitting council member to file for re-election so far. Councilman Mike Suarez filed last November. Neither has opposition at this point.

Capin said she filed May 20, about a month ahead of her first fund-raising event that will be hosted June 17 by the Gonzmart family at their new Ulele restaurant in Tampa Heights.

Capin is finishing her first full term on the council. She was appointed to the council in 2010 to fill the unexpired portion of John Dingfelder’s term when he quit the council to run for the Hillsborough County Commission.

Capin was elected in 2011 to District 3, one of the council’s three at-large seats.

During her current term on the council, Capin has pushed forward several pieces of high-profile legislation.

She proposed the city’s domestic partnership registry, which grants certain protections to unmarried couples. The bulk of the people who have joined the registry over the last two years have been same-sex couples.

Capin also led the effort to name the Cuban sandwich as Tampa’s official sandwich, a proposal that sparked a good-natured kerfuffle between Tampa and Miami over whose Cuban sandwich was more authentic.

Last fall, Capin proposed creating a late-night permit that would give the city a way to compel nightclubs and bars open past midnight to curb the illegal behavior of their customers. Capin pulled the draft ordinance before it ever got presented to the county in the face of strong opposition from Ybor City business owners.

Capin said she’s not likely to reintroduce that measure without more input from business owners.

“But I think,” she said, “the merchants that serve alcohol beverages along with the distributors see there’s room for improvement.”

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