Emily Fritz has joined the ranks of new comers running for the Tallahassee City Commission. She originally planned to run for Seat 3 held by Nancy Miller but decided Seat 5 was a better fit for her when Gil Ziffer decided not to run again for his seat or for mayor.
The retired Executive Director for the Florida Optometric Association said her 30 years in the private sector and 10 in state government provided her the skills and ethics needed to lead Tallahassee out of the turbulent times it finds itself in.
Fritz said she is concerned about the city. “We need to bring ethics back to the city commission and address the problems and mismanagement which have (plagued) City Hall for many years.”
She said, “The status quo has a lot of problems that have come to light. (This year’s election) is an opportunity (for Tallahassee) to start with a clean slate.”
Fritz wants to restore the public’s confidence in city government by amending its ethics policy for stronger enforcement. She wants to prohibit political contributions from vendors during the bidding process and while contract negotiations are taking place.
She also wants to hire a new city manager who will enforce the ethics policy, establish workforce accountability, and institute performance measures.
Another priority for Fritz is reducing crime in a city which has led the state in violent crime for the last three years. She wants to improve lighting in high crime areas, place decals on cars in high crime areas to identify owners, create a police substation on south side and increase community policing procedures.
Fritz also wants to give the people a greater voice at City Hall by eliminating the 30-minute restriction for citizens to speak on agenda items. She would also create a citizens’ segment on WCOT TV for the public to submit videos on agenda items.
She would also work to save taxpayers’ hard-earned money by reviewing each department for efficiencies and requiring justification for expenses. She would also create a citizen budget committee.
She has created a website for her campaign at emilyfritzcampaign.com.