Lynn Hurtak was born in Tampa. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Florida, she worked as a teacher at Idylwild Elementary School in Gainesville and also served as the school’s union representative. She currently serves as the at-large District 3 Tampa City Councilwoman, taking a primary role in fighting against the “toilet-to-tap” PURE water reuse plan and working with both the city budget and Community Redevelopment districts to substantially increase funding for affordable housing. Hurtak has been a vocal advocate for policies and initiatives that address systemic inequalities and promote equity for Black and Brown communities.

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