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AIA Tampa Bay Holds Successful Candidate Forum



From July 15, 2010 Angle

On June 18, AIA Tampa Bay held a Candidate Forum “Meet and Greet” to which all candidates running for office in upcoming elections (November 20, 2010 state and federal elections and March 2011 municipal elections) were invited to meet chapter members and members of affiliated organizations.

Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena initially proposed the “Meet and Greet” idea at a recent meeting of the Architectural Heritage Committee. Subsequently, the committee and AIA Tampa Bay established clear goals for the event: to show how the architecture community is civically engaged; and to provide a forum for architects to discuss their issues with a wide range of political leaders.

“I think it will be a benchmark event for our component that will be repeated in the future,” said Mickey Jacob, FAIA, Vice President, AIA National, and a Tampa-area practitioner.

All told, 24 candidates attended, including candidates for Congress, the state legislature, Hillsborough County Commission and School Board, and Tampa City Council and mayor. Additionally, a large number of AIA members and community representatives attended.

Candidates brought campaign literature and enthusiastically mingled with the attendees. It was a hugely successful event that everyone enjoyed.

Jacob added, “We hoped also [with this forum] to develop a model for implementation of advocacy programs in the future by our organization and by other architectural organizations.”

For more information, please contact Adam Melis, director, Advocacy Outreach, or Hannah Wesolowski, manager, Political Programs.


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