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Democratic Municipal Officials Names Mike Suarez Blue Star Rising Recipient

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The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials is honored to name Councilman Mike Suarez a Blue Star Rising Candidate as he seeks the mayor’s office of the great city of Tampa, Florida. We know him to be a fierce leader who embodies Democratic values and a motivation to improve the well being of every resident of his city.

The Blue Star Rising program is available for local officials who have demonstrated a commitment to DMO and are now running to make a difference at a wider office. DMO connects Blue Star Rising candidates with a network of mentorship and fundraising resources, strengthening their campaigns and giving them a leg up after inauguration day. DMO will also use the Blue Star programs to inform our members how to support a rising peer.

Councilman Suarez has the local experience and national profile to ensure that the people of Tampa receive the services they need and the attention they deserve. He believes that “Every Neighborhood is Tampa” and all areas of the city deserve equal focus and resources.

The Bill of Rights for Tampa that Councilman Suarez has laid out will ensure the people of Tampa receive the services they need, and guarantee that the city is open and transparent. You can learn more about his platform at

Councilman Suarez has been a dedicated leader of DMO for most of his tenure on the Tampa City Council. He has led our organization as the Chair of DMO’s Florida Chapter, a member of our Board of Directors, Finance Chair, and as National President.

DMO’s Board has seen Councilman Suarez’s hard work for the people of Tampa in person. When he hosted our national Board Retreat in Tampa in 2017, Hurricane Rita was barreling towards Florida. Councilman Suarez remained calm under pressure, directing city services to take the appropriate steps to protect his constituents. This resolve and responsiveness shows that Councilman Suarez will be ready to lead Tampa on the day he takes the oath of office.

If you would like to learn more about Mike’s campaign please visit


Scott Benson
Council Member, Detroit
President, Democratic Municipal Officials