On Wednesday, June 1st, former Leon County Commissioner Manny Joanos filed to run for District 2’s vacant seat after County Commissioner Jimbo Jackson passed away on May 28th due to complications from long COVID.
Joanos currently serves as the coordinator for public relations at Lively Technical Center. He previously served as a Leon County School administrator and owned/operated Manny’s Restaurant in Tallahassee for over two decades.
Joanos has experience serving as a Leon County Commissioner representing s District 3 from 1990 to 1998.
As his role as an LCS administrator, Joanos served as the director of transportation. Joanos was reassigned to Lively after the transition to a new transportation approach resulted in students stranded at bus stops for hours in the first few days of the 2019-20 school year.
An election will be held this year to fill the vacant seat and the winner will complete the remaining two-year term. If three or more candidates qualify, there will be an August primary, and the top two candidates will advance to the general election in November.
Also, Governor Ron DeSantis has the authority to appointment a replacement to serve in the seat until the election winner is determined.