By Jim Bleyer
John Godwin, a national security and technical innovation consultant who works with the US defense, diplomatic, and intelligence communities, is running for Tampa City Council District 2, a city-wide seat.
Godwin has strong support from young progressivesas, influential businesspeople, and veteran Tampa politicos who value his fresh perspectives, something that has been lacking badly on the Hillsborough side of the bay.
Seeking transit solutions, protecting the environment, and improving Tampa’s national image as a welcoming city for business, tourism and raising a family stand atop Godwin’s to do list.
“I thoroughly believe improving our transportation system is the top priority in transforming Tampa into a world-class city,” he told Tampa Bay Beat. “All transit options need to be considered and the best ones should become the components of an integrated approach.”
Tampa’s social culture should be warm and all-embracing, Godwin went on.
“National stories about biking while black and sexual harassment in our fire stations are debilitating. Council members need to use their bully pulpit to be saying we want to be the most welcoming city in the Southeast,” he explained. “In addition to showing ourselves to be more progressive on racial and gender issues, I hope we can improve our services to people with disabilities.”
On the environemt, Godwin said the protection of mature trees, wise investments in parks, and providing drainage solutions are necessary if Tampa is to be a community that fosters walking and outdoor living. He noted that South Howard, Ybor, and Seminole Heights have scored highest at creating walkable communities “but we can help them do more.”
Another point about Godwin: he loves Tampa.
“I can’t imagine a better place to raise my family than Tampa, and my wife Catherine and I are dedicated to this community. I love Tampa, and I’m running to make sure we continue to improve our city.
“Tampa has experienced amazing growth and there’s more to come—Tampa’s best days are ahead of us as long as we have leaders who are ready to bring together our many neighborhoods and communities to prepare us to be a city of the future. I’m ready to do that. I will bring vision and energy to our City Council to serve all of Tampa.“
Godwin packs a powerful resimé of community service to back him up.
He dedicates his time to numerous groups: the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsborough County Foster Parent Association, Hillsborough County Child Care Facilities Advisory Board, and the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. He also volunteers with local schools.
Godwin and his wife Catherine are active licensed foster parents for Hillsborough County. They and their two-year-old son live in South Tampa.