Leon County Commission candidate Carolyn Cummings appeared on Above the Fold with Tallahassee Reports Editor Steve Stewart on Tuesday to discuss her campaign. Cummings is running against Kelly Otte which will be decided on Nov. 3.
At the beginning of the episode, Cummings was asked about her position on the referendum on the 2020 ballot to fund a Children’s Services Council.
“I supported the Children’s Services Council before all the adverse effects of the pandemic, I continue to support it. It is an initiative that will be on the ballot in November and the citizens have to speak. The citizens have to support it or not support it. I believe that it will be supportive of our children if it passes, not just our children now but our children in the future as well,” she said.
Cummings was also asked if she thinks Leon County has a police brutality issue.
She commented, “I’ve never actually seen or witnessed any police brutality, I don’t remember receiving any reports about police brutality here in Leon County. I think we’ve always enjoyed the protection of the police and the sheriff’s department. And I think we want to continue to enjoy that.”
The candidate also brought up that she believes that now is a good time for dialogue between the community and law enforcement to address the issue of social justice.
“We have got to address the issue of social justice and I think we’re at a point where we can that holistically and we can do it intelligently and move forward,” she said.
Later in the episode, Cummings gave her thoughts on Leon County’s growth and development. She agrees that neighborhoods can sometimes be left out of the development plans but she thinks development is important for the County.
“What I would advocate for is the parties coming together,” she said. “We’ve got to bring developers and property owners and neighbors and neighborhoods together. We’re interested in maintaining the character of the neighborhoods, but we recognize that we have to grow, especially now that we are facing this economic downsize because of COVID-19. It’s affecting all of us.”
The rest of the interview is available here.