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Robert “Bob” Friedman

Who Am I? And Why Am I Running?

  • Retired USF professional committed to public service.

  • Long-term resident and fan of Temple Terrace.

  • Experienced administrator.

  • Strategic thinker and data analyst.

  • Evaluator with a strong focus on accountability.

  • Caring neighbor dedicated to maintaining and improving quality of life in Temple Terrace.

This is my first time seeking elected public office and I have chosen to run because Temple Terrace has been good to me and my family. I believe that I have the skills and knowledge to be an effective member of the city council, and I would like to spend the next stage of my life giving back to the community that has given so much to my family and to others.

In recent years I have developed an increased understanding of the importance that strong social connections play in helping us stay healthy and happy. I believe that Temple Terrace is already ahead of most cities in Florida and probably in the country in creating an environment and culture in which people care about each other and are there for each other.

When our son was a toddler, Cathy joined a weekly playgroup at Bonnie Brae Park and made friends that have been with them for many years. This was really our introduction to the warmth and caring of this community.

I pledge that if I am elected, I will work hard to maintain the excellent level of service that we have come to expect, whether it be public safety, recreation, sanitation, or community planning, to name just a few. At the same time, I pledge that I will work to create an even stronger sense of community that enriches all our lives. I pledge that I will work with others on the city council and in city government, but also in the general community to not only maintain our high quality of services but to develop and implement new services that will enrich our lives.

Back in 1991, there was a popular movie called, “What About Bob?” When my term on the city council is over, should I be fortunate enough to be elected, I would like you to be able to look back and answer the “What about Bob?" by saying:  Bob did his homework and attended to the myriad number of tasks that the city council deals with, but at the same time helped move us along to become an even more engaged, closely-knit community which benefitted us all.