The recent campaign reports filed with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections indicate that the candidates in the race for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 are going to be well financed.
David Bellamy reported $64,750 in November for a total of $103,950 raised since he filed on October 1. Bellamy has spent approximately $4,343.00.
The incumbent, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow, who filed to run back in March 2019, reported raising $2,450.00 in November. Since he filed, Matlow has raised a total of $56,713.00 and has spent $4,306.00.
Bellamy has 147 contributors for an average contribution of $707. In contrast, Matlow has 477 contributors for an average of $119. Both candidates have donated personal funds to their campaign. Bellamy has donated $11,000 and Matlow donated $12,500.
In response to Bellamy’s campaign report, Matlow told Florida Politics, “The reason we’re seeing so much money thrown around is because the insiders are seeing the power of everyday people standing together, and it scares them,” Matlow said. “The vast majority of donors are supporting our campaign because they know even though they can’t afford to write a $1000 check, they deserve to be represented in government, too.”
In a campaign solicitation, Matlow said, “With your help, we can stand against public corruption, advocate for our neighborhoods, protect our natural resources, and make real investments to grow our economy equitably and combat the affordable housing crisis. In 2022, we have an opportunity to dismantle the Good Old Boy network for good.”
Bellamy said Tallahassee residents are upset at dysfunction at city hall.
“I think they want results and not angry rhetoric,” he said. “I look forward to returning civility and effective leadership to our city commission, to help our impoverished and start talking about things we can fix.”
When Bellamy, an orthopedic surgeon who works part time as a Tallahassee police officer, filed to run he said, “I want to make the city safer. I want to improve the quality of life and what people can expect from the city on the south side of town. And I think that we need to work on smart growth, because one of the best ways to fix the first two things is a healthy economy with good jobs for the citizens.”
The next campaign report is due on January 10th, 2022.