As the August primary gets closer, local campaign activities are beginning to ramp up. Listed below are some noteworthy campaign trail events
-The Tallahassee Professional Firefighters (TPF) recently announced a round of endorsements. The union is endorsing Tallahassee mayoral Candidate Kristin Dozier, City Commission candidate Adner Marcelin, Leon County Commission candidates Nick Maddox (At-Large), Rick Minor (District 3) and Leon County Commission candidate (District 5) Jay Revell.
The TPF had previously endorsed City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow in his re-election bid back in March. In a statement to FloridaPolitics.com, union members said they are backing Matlow because of “his willingness to support public safety in our community and his decision to stand with firefighters and paramedics in their push for equitable pay and benefits.”
The TPF is the local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters union that represents firefighters in the Tallahassee Fire Department and Wakulla Fire Rescue Department. Their endorsement comes with a $1,000 donation to each candidate through the union’s PAC, The Big Bend Professional Firefighter and Paramedics PAC. Union members will also go door-knocking for endorsed candidates beginning in July.
-Ben Crump, nationally known civil rights attorney and Tallahassee resident, has upped his involvement in local campaigns. He recently endorsed City Commission candidate Jeremy Matlow. Crump told FloridaPolitics.com that “Matlow didn’t just show up. He has been here working to better the lives of the people of Tallahassee for many years.”
Crump also endorsed Paula DeBoles-Johnson in her bid for the Leon Commission District 5 seat. DeBoles-Johnson is one of five candidates running to fill the seat currently held by Kristin Dozier.
In addition, Crump gave $1,000 to Adner Marcelin who is running against incumbent City Commissioner Dianne WIliams-Cox. Marcelin previously worked for Crump for more than 10 years.
-A couple of candidates have dropped out of races, others have jumped in. Benjamin Horboway has exited the Leon County Commission At-Large race and David Hawkins has withdrawn for the Leon County Commission District 5 contest.
Two candidates have filed to replace Dee Dee Rasmussen who recently announced she will be stepping down two years ahead of the expiration of her term on the Leon County School Board. Laurie Cox and Stephanie Hodges will face off in the August election.
-Candidate David O’Keefe announced he submitted 435 verified signatures and qualified by petition in his campaign for Leon County Commission District 5.
-Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey and Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier (Dist. 5) will be debating at the upcoming NEBA luncheon on May 24th. This is the first mayoral debate in the 2022 election cycle, which will set the tone for this race moving forward. Costs for the luncheon are $20 for members and $25 for guests. The buffet line opens at 11:30 and the program starts at 12 PM.
-A number of people have recently confirmed being part of a poll related to the Tallahassee mayor race. One of the questions asked respondents to give their level of favorability of John Dailey, Kristin Dozier, Jeremy Matlow, Jack Porter and the Tallahassee Democrat.