Jermaine Miller filed to run for City Commission Seat 1 in November 2019. Jacqueline Porter, William Moore, and incumbent Elaine Bryant are also running for the position.
Miller is a community activist and homelessness advocate. He graduated from East Gadsden High School and worked in catering at Florida State University. He has also worked with Gadsden G-Stars, and he canvassed for Hillary Clinton in 2013. According to Miller, unique features of his campaign include mentoring programs and affordable housing.
What motivated you to run for local office?
“What motivates me to run for office is that Tallahassee needs some changes, and I’ve been asking the City Commissioners to change some stuff that will help the City. What motivates me to run for office is that I work with kids a lot, and during winter break the recreation center is always closed. Some kids want to hang with their friends. Some kids would like to meet other kids. Also what motivates me to run for office is that we need affordable housing for the homeless, for the low-income people, and jobs and businesses.”
What unique perspective would you bring to the position?
“I will bring jobs. I will bring after school programs for kids during the winter breaks and affordable housing and businesses.”
What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Tallahassee?
“My biggest challenge is that we have to get money from the state and federal government. We have to work hard.”
What is your plan to address these challenges?
“I would advocate and lobby for programs that we need, and I’ll show a chart of how much we need in Tallahassee to the City Commission.”
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.
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.