TAMPA, Fla. — Early voting gets underway today for the mayoral elections runoff in Tampa.

Voters will decided between former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, and billionaire philanthropist David Straz, Jr.

The two candidates sparred in a heated debate sponsored by Bay News 9 Thursday. 

Castor and Straz talked about crime, transportation, development, affordable housing, red light cameras and more. 

Castor and Straz were the top two candidates in the first round of votes in March 5, out of seven candidates. Castor got 48.1 percent of the vote, and Straz got 15.5 percent of the vote. But the candidates needed to get at least 50 percent of the vote to win outright.

Voters will also decide on three city council seats.

The runoff election is scheduled for April 23.

Early voting will take place from Sunday to Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early voting takes place in seven locations around the city:

  • Cyrus Greene Center
  • Fred B. Karl County Center
  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library
  • New Tampa Regional Library
  • North Tampa Branch Library
  • Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center
  • West Tampa Branch Library

A map and addresses can be found on the Hillsborough County Elections website.

You can also look at the sample ballots on the Hillsborough County Elections website.