Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd, has donated the maximum contribution of $1,000 to the city commissioner campaign of Adner Marcelin.
Just four years ago, Crump’s law firm made an in-kind contribution of $250.00 to Marcelin’s rival and current city commissioner, Dianne Williams-Cox.
Marcelin, who previously worked for Crump for over a decade, had received two checks in December 2021 from Crump, according to Leon County campaign finance records.
Marcelin, age 34, made strong statements in December when he filed to run against current Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox. He said this is not personal and noted that he has a problem with some of Williams-Cox’s votes.
“She vowed to fight the status quo, but when you look at her voting record, (she) voted yes to give $20 million to Florida State University, voted yes to militarize our local police department. I honestly feel that her voting record is with the status quo,” said Marcelin.
To date, Marceline has only raised $4,100 for his campaign in contrast with the $35,000 that Williams-Cox has raised. Additionally, Williams-Cox’s campaign has spent $14,855, including a little more than $10,000 in advertising with Lamar Media and $700 on a website.
In contrast, Marcelin’s campaign has only spent $5.00.
While working with Crump, Marceline, a former NAACP president, worked alongside the families of Trayvon Martin and George Floyd, and he has openly said that his primary focus, should he win seat 5, is public safety and policing.