Adner Marcelin, candidate for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 5, recently announced several endorsements during a campaign kickoff event outside City Hall on March 30th.
The endorsement list includes former Mayors Dot Inman-Johnson and Debbie Lightsey, former Leon County Commissioners Bob Rackleff and Cliff Thaell, and Tabitha Frazier, the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.
Marcelin also received endorsements from Ben Crump, his former employee, and Daryl Parks, Crump’s former law partner. In addition, both attorneys have contributed $1,000 in campaign donations, and Crump’s law office donated $235.
“Marcelin has what it takes to be a good Commissioner because he is smart, hardworking, and compassionate. Adner clearly sees our community’s problems and hears our voices…” Lightsey said during the campaign event.
Inman-Johnson, Tallahassee’s first Black woman Mayor, is Adner’s campaign manager.
In a statement to Florida Politics, Inman-Johnson explained that in 2018 she volunteered for Williams-Cox’s campaign, but this time around, she is endorsing Marcelin’s run.
“He had already demonstrated to me how much he cares about people, particularly people and neighborhoods that need a champion most, through his work as President of the NAACP,” she said. “Adner Marcelin will be the change agent this community so desperately needs.”
In addition to announcing his supporters, Marcelin discussed his opposition to the Blueprint board’s decision to allocate $27 million of economic development dollars to Doak Campbell Stadium. He mentioned writing a letter to FSU President Richard McCullough calling for him to retract his funding request from Blueprint.
“I am running to be a clear voice of moral decency and putting our neighbors above special interests. That is what today’s City Hall demands, and that’s what we will do,” Marcelin said.
Marcelin is not the sole challenger to the incumbent Dianne Williams-Cox. Shelby Green, a data and software engineer, has also thrown her hat into the race for the city commission seat.