Ella Coffee

Tampa City Council, District 5

Ella will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Tampa City Council


The product of a service-driven family, Ella’s passion for life and sense of purpose was forged early in life. While her mother’s military service required extensive tours of duty, Ella was primarily raised by her grandmother, Bessie Lee Wadsworth in Plant City, Florida. Having worked as one of the city’s recreation directors and a Planning Commissioners, she taught Ella that, irrespective of one’s circumstances, one should always be involved in making the community a better place for everyone.

Dedicated to voter education and engagement, for the past 14 years Ella has held a variety of positions that have solidified her zeal to seek change through the electoral process. A stint with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office allowed her to acquire valuable background knowledge of the Elections office. While there, she trained Election Day and Early Voting poll workers and learned the intricate workings of the Vote by Mail process. She continued to engage voter education as an organizer for the Obama for America campaign.

In addition to her electoral work, Coffee has served on the Board of NAACP Hillsborough County Branch #5139, the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Board, and the East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership.

Ella Coffee is running to represent District 5 on the Tampa City Council, which includes Ybor, East Tampa, Seminole Heights, Channelside, and parts of downtown Tampa.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Ella will be the first openly LGBTQ member of the Tampa City Council.
  • She will be the first LGBTQ African-American woman elected to office in Hillsborough County.

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