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Robin Lockett

Candidate for Tampa City Council

Meet Robin Lockett

Robin is a native of Tampa and has deep roots in the Tampa Bay area. Ms. Lockett is the proud mother of Cedric and Xavier, as well as the grandmother of two adoring grandchildren. She attended Hillsborough Community College after graduating from Tampa Bay Tech High School. Furthermore, she is a faithful member of the Bible-Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace.

One of Robin’s major focuses has been the empowerment of communities. In her opinion, education equals empowerment, since it provides communities with the information, they need to make informed decisions about issues that affect their lives. It is her belief that wherever there is a WILL, there is a way to resolve a problem. Having communities become engaged, asking questions, and participating in decisions made on their behalf is one of her passions. Being committed to the success of communities, she encourages the involvement and participation of the community.

Early in her career, she held the position of Regional Director for FAIR Districts. The organization sought to prevent legislators from drawing lines that would favor a particular party or incumbent. Additionally, she served as a Regional Director for NextGen Climate, which was responsible for connecting black communities with climate control programs.

She served as the NAACP Political Chair for Hillsborough County. She hosted political forums, organized voter registration drives, and provided educational opportunities to encourage civic engagement and voter turnout.

A former leader of the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus, she achieved a shared objective of supporting and electing qualified leaders to office, increasing community awareness about issues affecting residents’ daily lives, and establishing a platform for those who wish to run for office.

In her current position, she is the Regional Director of Florida Rising, Tampa Bay Region, where she is responsible for leading the mission to empower communities to address issues that affect them. Additionally, she provides tools and support to change policy related to those issues. She is a member of the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP) board.

Having an individual in office who is consistent cannot be overstated. This individual communicates with the community, understands the issues, and empowers our communities to move forward with a shared vision of success. As a result of education and communication, I am convinced that an informed community will be able to defend its own interests and speak for itself.

The Issues

Affordable Housing

Currently, rents are skyrocketing, and new apartment construction lacks universal design. It is essential that affordable housing be incorporated into our shared efforts to build a more vibrant, inclusive, and stronger future for all Tampa residents.

We must ensure that people from all walks of life are able to live in our beautiful City and enjoy its vibrancy, diversity, and energy. Therefore, I place a high priority on ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing and reducing homelessness.

Water Quality

It is my commitment to protect and improve the quality of water in and around Tampa Bay. As with other waterways in Florida, Tampa Bay is in the process of losing its luster.

It is imperative that we address the issue of clean water and flood control. With Tampa’s rapid growth and new robust resources being committed to modernizing local water and wastewater infrastructure, keeping homeowner costs low is a necessity.


In my opinion, taxpayers should be served by qualified government officials with strong oversight. Our economic situation should improve as inflation and housing prices continue to rise.

Who is fighting for our interests? To ensure that the residents of Tampa can thrive and build a future here, we must ensure that this is a priority for them. This is what I am committed to achieving with my agenda. Tampa’s Community Engagement is also a concern. I believe that there needs to be a better way to connect with the community and get information out to them.

Voting Info

2023 City of Tampa Municipal Runoff Election

  • Deadline to register: March 27
  • Early Voting: April 17 – April 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Election Day: April 25, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Vote Early!

Vote by Mail!

Vote By Mail Information

Vote By Mail ballots are only available by request, and requests expire after every General Election. To receive a Vote By Mail ballot for this election, submit your request online or call (813) 612-4180 no later than April 15. Voted ballots can be mailed back (no postage needed) or dropped off at a Secure Ballot Intake Station in one of our offices or at Early Voting sites during Early Voting hours.

Vote By Mail Calendar

  • March 14. First mailing to overseas and military voters
  • March 23. First mailing to domestic voters
  • April 15. Deadline to request that a Vote By Mail ballot be mailed to you
  • April 25. Ballots must be in the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office no later than 7 p.m.

Early Voting Sites

C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

2607 E. Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33610

Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

3910 S. Manhattan Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33611

North Tampa Branch Library

8916 North Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33604-1209

West Tampa Branch Library

2312 W. Union St.
Tampa, Florida 33607-3423

Fred B. Karl County Center

601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33602

New Tampa Regional Library

10001 Cross Creek Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33647-2581

Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

2514 North Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619

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