FloridaPolitics.com, a statewide news blog, published a report today about the potential impact of the high crime rate in Tallahassee on the gubernatorial campaign of Mayor Andrew Gillum.
In the early part of the campaign, candidate Gillum has not been asked about decisions by the city commission that may have contributed to the increase in crime rate. Gillum has been a member of the city commission since 2002.
From the FloridaPolitics.com article, titled “Bad news for Andrew Gillum? Tallahassee named most dangerous city in Florida:”
The newly announced Democratic candidate for governor, who has led Tallahassee since November 2014, learned that his city is the most dangerous in Florida.
That dubious distinction came by way of a survey from the blog 24/7 Wall St, which reviewed data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report to identify the dangerous metropolitan area in each state.
Tallahassee had 767 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2015, far more than in any of Florida’s 21 other metro areas observed by the FBI. It was also well above the state’s violent crime rate of 461.9 per 100,000 (Florida was the 11th highest in the nation). Tallahassee also had a poverty rate of 22.4 percent and an unemployment rate: 4.4 percent.
Florida’s capital is also the county seat of Leon County, which in 2015, had the highest overall crime rate in Florida for the second year in a row.
Phil Ammann, the author of the article added, “since crime is not uniform across the country, violent crime is far more common in some cities than others – something a gubernatorial candidate certainly does not want on the campaign trail, especially when that most dangerous city is his hometown.”
The FloridaPolitics.com story cited news site 247WallSt.com, which is a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the internet.
The company’s articles are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Time.com, USAToday, and The Huffington Post. The company publishes over 30 articles per day and has readers throughout North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
The article by 247WallSt.com listed details about the most dangerous city in each state. From the article:
Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital, also appears to be the state’s crime capital. There were 767 violent crimes in Tallahassee for every 100,000 residents in 2015, far more than in any of the state’s 21 other metro areas monitored by the FBI.
Tallahassee is the county seat of Leon County, which had the highest overall crime rate in Florida for the second year in a row in 2015. In response to the relative prevalence of violence, the Tallahassee Police Department adopted a preventative approach, expanding a visible police presence in high crime areas.