Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is ignoring it. The state-wide media will not ask questions about it.
But Mayor Gillum’s former chief of staff, Dustin Daniels, is campaigning on it.
What is it? It is Tallahassee’s increase in murders while Andrew Gillum was the mayor of Tallahassee.
On a campaign mailer, Dustin Daniels, who is running for his boss’s soon to be vacant Tallahassee mayoral seat, is informing voters that “Tallahassee had the highest number of murders in history last year.” See mailer below.
“Last year” would be 2017 when Daniels was the chief of staff for Mayor Andrew Gillum.
Reviewing FDLE data going back to 1995 shows that there were 17 murders in Tallahassee in 2017, the highest during that 22 year period. Also, the second highest murder total (16) during this period occurred in 2015.
Gillum was elected mayor in 2014.
Tallahassee Reports has published detailed research on the increase in the Tallahassee murder rate which began to trend upward in 2009 after Gillum and the Tallahassee city commission ignored pleas for help from law enforcement officials.
Daniels also points out in the mailer that “we top the state for the highest crime rate.”
Daniels is referencing the fact that Tallahassee/Leon County has led the state of Florida with the highest crime rate in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Daniels says “WE MUST DO BETTER.”
The message put forth by Daniels is at odds with the message of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is telling voters Tallahassee is already doing better due to the decline in crime for the first six months of 2018. In the process, Gillum is ignoring the decisions that contributed to the record setting crimes rates in Tallahassee which include historical highs in murders.