As the Tampa mayoral race hits its maximum stride, we have rounded out our campaign team with a respected political veteran. We are thrilled to announce that Jeff Zampitella has come on board as our Campaign Manager this week!
“Jeff Zampitella brings the level of political horsepower to the campaign that we wanted. He has run for office and has assisted in many other local campaigns,” says Topher about bringing Jeff on board. “A friendship and a deep level of mutual respect has developed between us over the last couple of years, through our shared love of the city and our interest in improving transit in Tampa.”
Jeff Zampitella has been an integral member of the local Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee, and at one point was elected to their steering committee. He was a prominent member of a transit advocacy group that opposed and stopped TBX. With his political experience, community service, and grassroots advocacy, Jeff brings a unique layer of strength and political intelligence to our campaign team.
JEFF ZAMPITELLA’S BIO:
Jeff Zampitella has been a Tampa resident since 2004. After moving to downtown Tampa in 2009, he became an active community advocate, serving as President of his high-rise condo association 2012 to present, as well as serving as President of the Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association (DRANA) for two years 2016-2018. He also was a founding officer of Walk Bike Tampa, a pedestrian and bicycle advocacy group.
Jeff’s political career began in 2014 opposing the highway expansion through historic downtown neighborhoods, initially known as Tampa Bay Express (TBX).
In 2016 Jeff entered his first political race as a candidate for the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners. Although not successful in his County Commission race he made an impressive showing that inspired him to recruit, train, and develop future candidates.
In December 2016 Jeff was elected as Vice Chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee (HCDEC) where he served a two year term and was appointed Chair of the Candidate Recruitment and Development Committee. Under his leadership, there was a Democratic candidate in all 2018 races that was either inside of or touched Hillsborough County—the first time that had happened in over 25 years.