The Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates held a forum with the three candidates vying for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1. The candidates are current City Commissioner Elaine Bryant, Jack Porter, and William Moore.
Listed below are paraphrased answers from the candidates for ten questions that we found to be the most direct and decisive.
The one-hour forum can de viewed at here.
Q. What is the single most important issue facing Tallahassee today and what are your plans to address it?
William Moore (WM): Arresting people for petty drug crimes. We need to stop criminalizing petty drug use and get help for drug addicts.
Jack Porter (JP): Equitable growth. Developers need a predictable environment and the public needs to be heard on these issues.
Elaine Bryant (EB): I believe COVID-19 is the biggest issue and it impacts all facets of our community.
Q. With the recent economic down-turn and many small businesses in our area struggling to survive, do you feel this is the appropriate time to impose additional tax burdens in order to fund a Children’s Services Council? Yes or No. And why?
WM: Not sure.
JP: I am concerned about accountability, still deciding.
EB: Yes. I support the tax but I will not be surprised if it does not pass given the current circumstances.
Q. What current elected official, at any level, do you see as a role-model for you and why?
WM: Mayor John Dailey. He is a nice guy.
JP: Leon County Commissioner Kristen Dozier. She is thoughtful.
EB: I respect elected officials that are ethical, honest, and leaders.
Q. Businesses are concerned about crime and law enforcement. Do you think local law enforcement has (or will have) issues similar to what we are seeing in other areas of the US? How are we doing in this area?
WM: Police officers need more training. We should hire quality over quantity.
JP: We need to review use of force policy and make sure the community has a voice in the process.
EB: Are there Issues? Absolutely. We need too make sure the the use of force is consistent with best practices.
Q.What is the ONE thing voters should know that most separates you from the other candidates?
WM: I am the only candidate talking about the impact of arresting people for petty drug issues.
JP: The community support I am receiving during the campaign from both sides of the aisle shows I can bring people together.
EB: Experience. My 18 months of experience as a Tallahassee City Commissioner and my career in Tallahassee.
Q. Have the City of Tallahassee ethics issues been addressed?
Q. Do you support the mask mandate?
WM: Don’t know. Need more information.
Q. Do you support the selection of Police Chief Revell?
Q. Do you support the use of taxpayer dollars to paint political messages on roadways?
EB: Did not answer.
Q. Under current circumstance, should schools open for children who want to attend?