In the closing weeks of the August 28th primary, Mayoral candidate Dustin Daniels sent out a mailer to prospective voters that advocated for free community college tuition for Tallahassee residents.
One side of the mailer, shown below, states “Make community college truly about community…MAKE IT FREE!
A second side highlights free community college for Tallahassee residents, accountability, job creation and no new taxes.
Daniels’ campaign literature states that “I am running a progressive campaign for Mayor in the Capital City of our nation’s third largest state. I am running because I believe we need progressive leaders who believe in freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all people, and that will fight relentlessly for working class families.”
Progressives often advocate policies that redistribute wealth as a solution to the unfairness they see in economic outcomes. For example, Bernie Sanders, who Daniels campaigned with in August (see picture above), supports a government determined living wage and free college tuition.
Daniels’ campaign website states his desire to “create scholarship programs for free community college, technical, and vocational training aligned to existing and emerging high-wage jobs.” This language appears to be more limiting than the broad support for free community college tuition expressed on the mailer.
Daniels finished second in the mayoral primary and will face Leon County Commissioner John Dailey in a November runoff.