Leon County Commissioner John Dailey announced today he will be running for Mayor of Tallahassee.
Dailey spoke with the Tallahassee Democrat about his decision and confirmed his plans with WCTV. Media reports indicate he will file his campaign paperwork on Monday.
Dailey had filed to run for a fourth term in District 3 seat last month. He has served on the County Commission since 2006.
Over the last year Dailey has been in the news for several relevant policy and political decisions.
Just under a year ago, he was one of the first local officials to endorse Gwen Graham in Florida’s race for governor.
In December 2017, Dailey provided an impassioned directive to County staff to think bold about the use of solar power during the acceptance of the County’s climate action plan.
Just this past week, Daily voted in support of a ballot initiative for the creation of a new taxing authority for children services. He also voted for new restrictions on gun purchases. Both votes were supported by all seven Commissioners.
Upon Dailey’s announcement, Tallahassee Democrat’s Jeff Burlew told readers Dailey was” dapper and influential.”
Burlew did not tell his readers about Dailey’s financial ties to the Florida League of Cities. The City of Tallahassee is a member of the League of Cities and paid $25,000 in dues in 2017.
Listed on Dailey’s 2016 financial disclosure -the most recent report available – as a primary source of income is JDA Strategies, LLC. The annual amount of income listed for JDA Strategies is $82,500. What is not listed is who paid JDA Strategies.
However, press accounts indicate JDA Strategies is paid by the Florida League of Cities.
The Tallahassee Democrat wrote in December 2015 that “John Dailey, president of JDA Strategies who has been working with the League of Cities for over a decade..”
Tallahassee Report’s Karen Murphy wrote in April 2017 that Commissioner John Dailey “is President of JDA Strategies, LLC a public policy research and development consulting firm, where he is a consultant for the Florida League of Cities.”
When reached late Friday, Dailey indicated he would offer comments to TR next week.
Joe West and Erik David have previously filed to run for mayor.