Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge is being challenged by political newcomer Brian Welch. It is almost a year away from votes being cast in the race for District 4, but both candidates are providing an early look into their campaign.
Desolge, who has held the seat since 2006, recently wrote about what he has accomplished while serving District 4 and his future goals.
Desloge highlighted improvements along Bannerman Road, the purchase of a 100-acre parcel for a Northeast park and the expansion of the Northeast Library.
Desolge also wrote about the consolidated and improved law enforcement dispatch operations which has shortened 9-1-1 response times.
He also noted that the Commission has expanded services to a growing population while the overall county budget is $10 million less than when he first took office.
His main goal, if re-elected, will be to hold the line on taxes. Desloge wrote, “I know you work hard for your money and I will, too. I will continue to try and squeeze out every last penny and be a good fiscal steward of your tax dollars.”
Brian Welch, a long-time Northeast resident and current Chiles High School teacher, recently stated that “It’s time that we stop taking NE Tallahassee for granted, and start addressing its needs, while recognizing the value it brings to our entire community.”
Welch argues that the long overdue Northeast Park, with its much needed ball fields waiting to be built on the corner of Thomasville and Proctor roads, has been on the County’s radar for well over a decade.
Welch noted the only community center in the Northeast is the old Bradfordville School House, which is hardly sufficient to meet the needs of the many organizations within the community.
Welch also criticized the lack of citizen engagement with regards to development projects.
Welch said that “while development after development is given approval and thrown at the feet of these established neighborhoods, without any real opportunity for discussion and compromise….residents are dismissively told that they just don’t understand and to disregard their concerns about how the growth will impact their quality of life.”
Welch, if elected, states he will staff an office in District 4 to more effectively engage with the citizens in the Northeast.