Does Dustin Daniel’s non-response to an interview request mean Daniels, if elected as Tallahassee’s new mayor, will continue at least one policy of his former boss, Mayor Andrew Gillum — Gillum’s contentious, combative attitude toward Tallahassee Reports?
Tallahassee Reports reached out to Daniels to include him in the paper’s ongoing political profiles of candidates running for local office. Evidently, he was unable to return any of our calls.
Questions for Daniels were designed to determine if Daniels was looking to be Gillum 2.0 or his own man.
As the former Chief of Staff to the Office of the Mayor, does he see being Gillum’s right-hand man as a curse or a blessing in his quest to become Tallahassee’s next mayor?
How is he different from Gillum? What are his priorities if elected? Which of the city’s many projects he oversaw is he most proud? What are some Gillum’s priorities or projects that Daniels would like to amend or do away with?
How would Daniels’s address Tallahassee’s crime problem? Does he see the FBI investigation as an isolated incident or is there a climate of corruption and cronyism in the Capital City? What changes, if any, would he make in the City’s dealings with lobbyists? With the Ethics Board?
All voters can ascertain from his campaign website is that he was “product of poverty and social hardship” but the beneficiary of “a great deal of privilege.” He is highly educated, having graduated from Florida State University (FSU) and the London School of Economics.
He was Chief of Staff to the Office of the Mayor and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Tallahassee for the last four years. He is the youngest teaching faculty member at FSU’s College of Social Science and Public Policy, and lectures frequently on International Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and Interdisciplinary Social Policy.
His website says, “Before taking his role in local government, Dustin worked as a consultant in international development and corporate social responsibility, working with clients such as IBM, Barclays Bank, CARE International, Practical Action Sri Lanka, and the Rwandan Ministry of Education. Dustin has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in over 10 countries, and continues to serve in various volunteer roles with several global and local nonprofit organizations.”
But as far as any specifics on his plans for the city, voters need to take his word that he will “move the city forward” in a positive manner. No other local media has dared to ask Daniels these questions. When Tallahassee Reports attempted to ask, the silence was deafening.