Scott Flowers filed to run for Leon County Commission, at Large Group 1 in October 2019. Melissa Villar, Jeff Hendry, Danielle Irwin, Kelly Otte, Robin Colson, and Carolyn Cummings are also running for the position. Incumbent Mary Ann Lindley is retiring.
Flowers is the CEO of Flowers Investment Group, Inc. and the president of Lifebuoy Bookkeeping and Consulting Solutions. In the past, he has worked for the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Revenue, and he has managed several businesses. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences from Florida State University. A main focus of Flowers’ campaign is attracting new businesses and organizations to the County to create new jobs and opportunities.
What motivated you to run for local office?
“I love our community. I am raising my family here. I am doing this because I’ve seen the great work my friends in business or non-profits are doing in the community, while also seeing bigger challenges our community faces. I believe leadership is more important now than ever before and my skills and experience are what our community needs. I want to help.”
What unique perspective would you bring to the position?
“I am a team-builder and a problem-solver, and I’ve had success doing that at every level. I’ve worked in the corporate world. I’ve owned small businesses and been an entrepreneur, I’ve worked in public service, and I’ve worked with non-profits. I know what it takes to make organizations successful, and I will bring that knowledge and commitment to county government.”
What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Leon County?
“The root of our county’s challenges lie in income disparity and a lack of opportunities to capitalize on the amazing talent and heart our community has to offer. We must create good-paying jobs and solid opportunities to utilize our talent, so our community leads this state as it should.”
What is your plan to address these challenges?
“There are already amazing organizations at work in our community, but they are working alone, with limited resources, and not enough support. I will bring those organizations to the table with county government, be open and honest about the challenges we face, and create a unified vision for a future everyone can work towards together. Government doesn’t need to solve every problem; we need government to provide leadership and resources to allow our amazing community to address the challenges head-on.”
Responsibilities of the County Commissioner position include making policies and setting budgets. The position has a four-year term length and an annual salary of $80,289.00. The election date is August 18.