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Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco says he'll run again
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Tampa, Florida -- Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco wants his old job back. Late Monday afternoon, Greco formally announced he is a candidate for mayor.

Greco, who was elected mayor four times, made his announcement in front of a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Although six other candidates have announced their intentions to run in the race, no one garnered as much attention or hoopla in their announcement.

Patrick Manteiga, the publisher of La Gaceta newspaper, says he believes the front runner entered the race today when Greco made his announcement.

Manteiga says Greco, who was Tampa's youngest mayor at 34 years old in 1967 and now wants to be Tampa's oldest mayor at 77, will be tough to beat. Manteiga says he believes it is Greco's seat unless somebody takes it from him.

There are plenty who want to keep Greco, who was mayor again from 1995 to 2003, from taking the office yet again. The field includes former councilmember Bob Buckhorn, former councilmember and commissioner Rose Ferlita, former Tampa Police Captain Marion Lewis, councilmember and former commissioner Tom Scott, former commissioner Ed Turanchik and businessman Arthur Richardson III.

In order to win, longtime councilmember and former mayoral candidate Charlie Miranda says the candidate has to connect with voters on three levels. He says the voters have to be confident the candidate is trustworthy, they have to feel the candidate can do the job and they have to recognize who the candidate is.

Several of the candidates have good name recognition, but none as high as Greco's.

And while the race to replace Pam Iorio, who is term limited out, is an extremely crowded one. Charlie Miranda, who ran in a crowded field eight years ago, says that actually can be an advantage to the candidates. Miranda says it is not difficult running a crowded field because you have more of an opportunity to finish second. However, he adds that while a close second means a candidate has a chance to win, a distant second means the candidate should save their money and stay at home.

And while Greco's announcement is causing a big buzz and a recent poll showed him as the candidate to beat, most of the people we talked to like Teresa McIntyre, who says at this point she is undecided.

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