VIDEO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn says goodbye, thanks city for eight years

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn thanked the city for his eight years in office in a video released April 18.

“Thank you, Tampa, for allowing me the amazing honor to be your Mayor,” Buckhorn shared via social media. “There may be other mayors that are better than me, but I know that there will never be a mayor that loves this job as much as I do. I hope I made you proud.”

The video details the outgoing and WAVE Award-winning mayor’s eight years, dubbed “The Great Eight.” It highlights the completion of the Tampa Riverwalk, the grand opening of new parks and the city’s embrace of community celebrations like Tampa Pride.

“For us, our diversity is a strength, not a weakness,” Buckhorn shares. “It is what makes us successful and it’s what makes us more competitive. We honor the inherent goodness of everybody, I don’t care who you love or the God you worship. I don’t care when you came here or the language that you speak. I don’t care how long you have been here. All I care about, and all that we as a community celebrate, is your willingness to believe in this place called Tampa and to put your shoulder to the wheel and work for the common good. That’s what we represent as a city.”

You can watch the full video below:

Tampa's Great Eight with Mayor Buckhorn

It's been a great eight years for our city. Together we've transformed Tampa into a place of community, hope, and prosperity. My time in office is coming to a close, but I will always be #TampaProud. Thank you, Tampa.#TampasGreatEight

Posted by Bob Buckhorn on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tampa’s runoff election to determine its next mayor and more will be held April 23. Tampa’s former chief of police and Mayor Buckhorn-endorsed  Jane Castor, who if elected will become Tampa’s first openly LGBTQ mayor, faces off against retired banker and philanthropist David Straz. For more information about the election, visit

Photo via Bob Buckhorn’s Facebook page.

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