Dr. Erwin Jackson, a businessman and local government activist, has filed a complaint with the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County seeking a judgement that the recent election of Scott Maddox to the City Commission is invalid.
The complaint was filed today at 3:18 P.M.
The filing claims Maddox is ineligible for the City Commission because he does not live in the City of Tallahassee and asserts his legal residence is “his expansive million-dollar estate outside of the city where he has lived with his family more than a decade.”
Dr. Jackson told TR “that Mr. Maddox has been playing the people of Tallahassee as fools for far too long. It is obvious he has been gaming the system for his own benefit.”
Maddox’s residency has been the subject of debate since he declared his candidacy for City Commission in 2012. At that time, his residence was not in the city limits.However, he put his home, located on Meadow Wood, up for sale on June 15, 2012 for approximately $1.6 million and moved into a home he owned on Adams Street. The Adams Street residence is located within the city limits. He won election to the City Commission in November, 2012.
However, his home located outside the city never sold and was taken off of the market in January 2015.
More recently, questions about Mr. Maddox’s residency came up on the message boards when he dropped out of the Leon County Superintendent’s race and qualified for re-election to the City Commission. He qualified for the City Commission on June 23, 2016 identifying his residency as the home on Adams Street, which he no longer owns.
He subsequently put his home located outside the city back up for sale on August 1, 2016 for approximately $1.1 million. He won re-election on August 3oth, 2016.
The court action states Maddox uses the home on Adams Street “as his residency solely for political purposes.” The filing includes numerous claims that petitioner says indicates Maddox has maintained his residency outside the city limits. Among those claims are that the Maddox family (wife and two children) lists the Meadow Wood address on their drivers licenses. Also, the filing states that Mr. Maddox recently made a $1,000 contribution to a state legislator and used the Meadow Wood address to record the donation.
The complete filing can be read here.
The filing concludes by stating, “In sum, Maddox’s claim that North Adams, rather than Meadow Wood, is his legal residence is simply not credible. Instead, Maddox has since 2004 fixed his abode at Meadow Wood with the present intention of making it his permanent home.”
Previously, Mr. Maddox, when asked, has said he lives at the Adams Street location. Repeated attempts to reach City Commissioner Scott Maddox were unsuccessful.