As the primary election draws closer, a number of organizations that have an interest in local elections choose to interview candidates and make decisions about public endorsements. In addition, at times, elected officials and influential members of the community will also publicly endorse candidates.
Jeremy Matlow, a candidate for city commission seat 3, announced last week that he had received a local labor union endorsement.
From Matlow’s campaign Facebook page, “Proud to announce that the 50,000 teachers, state workers, electricians, retirees and everyday working people that make up the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor have endorsed our campaign. Honored to have them join our movement and bring their voice to City Hall.”
On July 9, The Tallahassee Professional Fire Fighters (TPFF) Union, Local 2339 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Big Bend Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) announced their joint endorsements for this year’s elections.
The two organizations believe that the following candidates best align with priorities for public safety in Tallahassee: John Dailey for Mayor, Lisa Brown for City Commission Seat 3, Bob Lotane for City Commission Seat 5, Jasmine Ali-Mohammed for County Commission Seat 1, Rick Minor for County Commission Seat 3, and David Frank for Circuit Judge.
Separately, the PBA also announced their endorsement for Monique Richardson for County Judge Seat 3.
“These candidates have shown an understanding of the important and unique issues facing local law enforcement officers,” said Steve Slade, President of the Big Bend Chapter. “We ask that voters consider this when making their choices at the polls on August 28th.”
Also, Tallahassee Reports has learned that mayoral candidate Dustin Daniels has secured the support of three prominent local African-American leaders in his campaign to lead the city of Tallahassee for the next four years. The endorsements include Mayor Andrew Gillum, former city manager Anita Favors, and civil-rights attorney Ben Crump. See story on page 3.
Other organizations that will release endorsements in the coming weeks include the Tallahassee Board of Realtors and the Tallahassee Builders Association.