A New Chapter Begins for Tallahassee

A New Chapter Begins for Tallahassee

On November 19th, 2018, three new members of the Tallahassee City Commission were sworn in at city hall after a bruising and competitive election season.

For the first time in recent memory, three seats were up for grabs and voters delivered victories to individuals with varied backgrounds and experiences that promises to challenge the status quo.

However, an assessment of this new city commission will have to wait for future meetings. The installation gathering was reserved for a celebration and hellos and good-byes, not bold proclamations about how ethics, crime and economic development will be addressed.

In his opening remarks, Mayor John Dailey provided a respectful break with the past while delivering a hopeful message for the future. 

After thanking the outgoing commissioners, the remaining elected officials and city staff, Dailey noted the importance of the transition of power and repeated his campaign theme of inclusion.  

“I said it on the campaign trail, day in and day out, it is not my city, it is not just your city, it is our city. It is important for all of us to come to the table, grab the pen and write the next chapter for the city of Tallahassee,” said Dailey.

Dianne Williams-Cox, who won her seat with the largest margin of victory among the city races, comes to the city commission with an impressive background of community involvement and the experience of serving on the planning commission.

Jeremy Matlow, the owner of Gaines Street Pies and other local businesses, won a close election against Lisa Brown. Ms. Brown, a credit union executive, was supported by a number of the political insiders. Matlow’s campaign focused on providing a voice for everyone and restoring public confidence at city hall.

Both Williams-Cox and Matlow thanked their supporters and pledged to work for the betterment of the community.

Dailey, whose father served as an elected official, has deep roots in the community. He has served as a Leon County Commissioner for ten years and has developed a reputation of a consensus builder.

However, the runoff between he and Andrew Gillum protege, Dustin Daniels, became increasingly nasty with negative mailers and social media accusations. Dailey ended up winning by less than 2,500 votes. 

The next city commission meeting is December 5th.

City Commission 2018 Election Results

 

6 Responses to "A New Chapter Begins for Tallahassee"

  1. Diana S.   November 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    well isn’t that a nice way to bring the community together – emphasize the narrow victories. I for one thank God that we were spared a Gillum protege for mayor, and having Matlow in there, a business owner, who has actually had to deal with balancing a budget, is a real plus. Good luck Mayor Dailey, and Commissioners Matlow & Williams-Cox! Glad to have you on board.

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  2. News Maven   November 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    You’ve heard of the Fab Five, right?
    Well, this ain’t them.

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    • Snidely Whiplash   November 26, 2018 at 6:06 am

      And do not forget the great implementer of Gillum and the rest of the crooks Mr. Curtis Richardson who even when it was slapping him in his face and raining down on our city always “failed to see a cloud” over the commission.

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  3. Hope   November 26, 2018 at 6:57 am

    The redwave coming in 2020 should take care of the other two, that is… if the FBI doesn’t intervene sooner.

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  4. TimeForChange   November 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Dear New Commissioners and Mayor,

    Please now make good on your campaign promises to restore accountability and transparency. The 3 of you can do this!

    3 simple steps:
    1) Have Goad request resignation letters of Assistant City Managers and Leadership team and get rid of Cynthia Barber, Cassandra Jackson, Julie Meadows-Keene, Ellen Blair, Alison Farris, plus more, etc. and have Goad accept these resignations;
    2) Then vote out Goad and perform a real search for a real City Manager not associated with this old school corruption;
    3) Then open up all emails, files, text – requesting the FBI to proceed with presenting their findings/investigation so that our city is purged of the rest of this corruption.

    Thank you for standing up for our City!

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  5. Vernon   November 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I’m optimistic the new commission can shake off the past corruption and start a new chapter in Tallahassee…can you believe 48 – 49% of voters wanted it to continue with Daniels and Brown?
    The new City Commission can make a huge statement that corruption will not be a factor…
    Abolishing the CRA would be a great start!

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