Last week, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president. Dailey is a long-standing Democrat, but he received Republican support in his narrow victory in the 2018 Tallahassee mayoral race.
Elections for the city commission and the mayor are non-partisan.
When Tallahassee Reports asked Thomas Whitely, Dailey’s aide, for insight about the endorsement, he expressed the sentiment that the Office of the Mayor separates political and personal ideals and directed us to Dailey’s Twitter profile.
“Vice President Biden is the leader and uniter our country needs. Vote by mail, vote early or vote on election day, just make sure you vote,” Dailey tweeted.
During a get-out-the-vote news conference, Dailey expressed his frustrations in receiving FEMA reimbursements for citizens since Hurricane Michael. Lack of federal government support was a factor that made Dailey want to speak up in support of Biden.
Surrounded with support from his mother and sons, Dailey joked that if his sons were old enough there would be three generations of Dailey’s voting for Biden in this election.
Polls in Florida show a close race between Trump and Biden. Dailey emphasized this as the most important election in a lifetime and a pivotal point for our society as he addressed voters who have yet to vote.
The state of Florida, as a swing state, could play a major role in the election for both candidates. Endorsements like the one made by Mayor Dailey can influence constituents to get out and vote and also give insight about local elected officials’ political leanings.