City Commission Candidate Profile: Jacqueline (“Jack”) Porter

City Commission Candidate Profile: Jacqueline (“Jack”) Porter

In September 2019, Jacqueline (“Jack”) Porter filed to run for City Commission Seat 1. Incumbent Elaine Bryant is also running for the position, as well as William Moore and Jermaine Miller.

Porter graduated from Florida State University with a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Jack has a master degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and in Public Administration & Policy,  both from FSU. Porter has also worked as a legal assistant, a graduate research assistant, and a Commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She is also a Gubernatorial Fellow with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Main focuses of her campaign include local economic development, growth management, and historical and environmental preservation.


What motivated you to run for local office?

‘I’m running because I’m not satisfied with the status quo of dysfunction and corruption in City Hall. Our city simply isn’t working for everyday people. It’s not working for our neighborhoods that feel we don’t have a say in how our city grows, it’s not working for residents sick of wasteful spending, and it’s not working for our most vulnerable neighbors who continue to see taxpayer resources squandered, with false promises that help is on the way. I’m running because I don’t think we need another Commissioner propped up by insiders, government vendors, and consultants —we need more Commissioners who are going to listen to the entire city and act in the best interest of all of us.”

What unique perspective would you bring to the position?

“I’ll bring the perspective of a political outsider, unbought and unbossed by ties to the power brokers and big-money donors that have corruptly influenced City Hall at the expense of the quality of life of our neighborhoods and residents.”

“I also bring significant experience in municipal governance, as well as expertise in regional and urban planning and public administration from my graduate studies. I have also gained practical knowledge of our local institutions as someone who has worked and served in City and County organizations and advisory boards for several years.”

“I want Tallahassee to be the best it can be because it is my home; it is where I want to build a family and a community where everyone can live, work, and flourish with dignity. There’s a lot of room for improvement but I’m confident that with fresh, independent leadership committed to change we can get where we want to be as a city.”

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Tallahassee?

“There are many specific challenges we face in terms of growth management, economic development, environmental preservation and the future of our public assets. But they all come down to the essential question of how we elect our City?s leadership.”

“Do we want a small group of political and economic elites running the show as they so often have in Tallahassee? Or do we want our leaders to have broad support from neighborhoods and people of all persuasions to work together and reform the longstanding problems we face? Do we want more of the same old network of insiders continuing to govern our City, or are we ready to make a bold change to enact real reforms? That?s the basic challenge we face in this election.”

What is your plan to address these challenges?

“Our campaign will be releasing policy proposals on a number of local issues but generally: I will address these challenges by leveraging my experience in local government, and by making certain that big donors and special interests don’t drown out the voices of Tallahassee residents and working people. “

“Let’s be clear—many of the challenges we face as a city are a result of compromised leadership and neglect and will continue unless we take decisive action to break away from the status quo that got us here in the first place. I plan to give the people of Tallahassee an honest choice. “


Responsibilities of the City Commissioner position include setting City policies and setting tax rates. It has a four-year term length and annual salary of $39,588.00. The primary election date is August 18 and the general election date is November 3.

Campaign contribution and expenditure information is available here.

Ahead of the 2020 local election season, Tallahassee Reports has asked all local candidates to answer basic questions about their candidacy. The answers to the questions are in the candidates own words.The goal is to get as much information out to voters as possible. More focused questions will be addressed as the election draws nearer.

41 Responses to "City Commission Candidate Profile: Jacqueline (“Jack”) Porter"

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    Jacques Porteur   August 20, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    I have no idea why the city thinks it’s okay to dabble in real estate speculation and take our tax money and use it to subsidize developers. Every cycle of development brings in more and more outside developers while shutting out Tallahassee citizens and business owners from the opportunities that we should be benefiting from.

    Instead of helping citizens open businesses it seems like there is no issue so trivial that it won’t be used to derail a local’s permit application while the red carpet is rolled out for everyone else.

    As others have said, fix the roads, cut the trees and leave the business of business to the people of this city.

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    John G.   August 19, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Agree with getting another cable company into Tallahassee. Comcast has us by the b_lls. Try to get the Verizon cable down here in the Panhandle.

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      Jacques Porteur   August 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      There is a company that is offering fiber to the home. They are doing the build out now and should be hooking people up by fall.

      Metronet. Goodbye Comcast!

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    Reiner Kirsten   August 18, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    CONGRATULATION for winning Seat 1 in today‘s election. Now I am convinced, with you Tallahassee will have one Official who will listen to environmental request to the City Commission.
    So far, no response was given to 1) a request to ensure residential areas, as well as the City on their property in those areas, are to “replace trees” when trees are removed. 2) new commercial as well as residential developments nowadays are cutting down all trees before starting construction. It can be done different as our community – Piney-Z – maintained a larger number of well matured trees, making this community tree attractive.
    But, as mentioned under point 1, residents, as well as the City (have to cut down trees) but City neither enforced and surely does not control expected replacement of trees
    Again, looking forward to see you, Jack, spreading the environmental message across City Hall and the City of Tallahassee, maintaining the status of ‘Tree City USA’ with ongoing efforts to keep Tallahassee green

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    CheckSalaries   August 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Jack – look at ALL the EMPLOYEES making over $100 K per year; and how long they and their family members have been pilfering tax payers funds, look at their ‘adjusted’ salaries and especially their retirement fund – per person worth over 800k to millions – why is Scott Maddox and Andrew naked-in-Miami-with-a-he-hoe taking tax payer funds……we have lots to talk about if you want to listen……

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    Ricky Kise   August 14, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Ms Porter
    The Infrastructure in this town sucks. Largely because instead of fixing the streets, power lines, timing the traffic lights correctly, and making sure there are enough linemen for storm recovery, etc., the commissioners spend money on wasteful projects like Gaines street and , yes, Cascades Park. Did we really need to turn a heavily traveled downtown 4 lane road into a flower pot and bike trail? Did we need to spend millions on a park when we already have many parks throughout town and there are numerous other infrastructure problems that need to be addressed? I want commissioners who are more practical than politically correct. A lot of you are FSU grads; that worries me. FSU is an ultra liberal place and quite frankly does not act in the best interest of America or the those it graduates with respect to preparing them for dealing with the real problems of local, state and federal issues that we are faced with. Therefore I have a hard time supporting someone, especially younger candidates, who tend toward the left and claim no party affiliation. The reality of that is a cop out. Your either pro community, pro America and pro growth or you’re not. If not, then you’re a PC democrat. That’s race relations, anti capitalism, and anything goes (climate change, open borders and gun control). Starting at the local level, those like minded people tend to ignore the basic needs of a city, like infrastructure and law and order issues, and instead promote big projects like those I mentioned. I could care less if we never plant another tree or build another park. How about bringing in competition for utilities into this town, so monsters like Comcast and even the city electric dont run consumers into the ground. How about making sure the town is better prepared every summer for storm season (more tree cutting, linemen)so we dont have people in the dark for a week or so after a storm? How about timing the traffic lights PROPERLY so we dont get gridlock every weekday at 5? That’s what you should care about as a commissioner; not fluff. I would be very interested in hearing your side of that.


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