Tallahassee city commissioner candidate Adner Marcelin recently appeared on The Steve Stewart Show on RealTalk 93.3 to discuss his campaign.
Marcelin is running for the city commission Seat 5 against the incumbent Dianne Williams-Cox.
Marcelin was raised in South Florida and came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. While in South Florida, he was part of the Police Explorers and was awarded a scholarship. Marcelin intended to pursue a career in law enforcement. Instead, however, he ended up attending law school.
Marcelin worked with a high-profile civil rights law firm led by Ben Crump for about 13 years. Marcelin explained he worked with litigation in medical malpractice and pharmaceuticals and eventually transferred to general litigation, working alongside Crump.
Marcelin stated after hearing from frustrated citizens about the lack of efforts by the city to provide opportunities in the community; he decided to run for city commission.
Marcelin was asked about his views on law enforcement.
“I have seen a lot of cases involving law enforcement…I say this all the time to the public. All law enforcement isn’t bad. We have one or two bad apples that might spoil the reputation of a bunch.” Marceline answered.
Regarding his campaign efforts, Marcelin said, “I’m truly enjoying meeting our citizens from across the spectrum of life.” He explained that he has talked with business owners, students, impoverished individuals, and the homeless and has heard their concerns.
Stewart asked Marcelin to what he views as the major issues facing Tallahassee. Marcelin said his greatest priority is public safety.
“Everyone benefits from a community that is safe, that is protected, and you can go out and not fear the senseless gun violence or becoming a victim of it,” said Marcelin.
He believes establishing programs such as trade schools for troubled youth might help prevent young people from getting into trouble. He stated that “flooding” the community with more police officers is not the answer to violent crimes but that law enforcement needs to engage with the community more.
Marcelin listed ethics and accountability as the next crucial issues facing Tallahassee. “Personally, I believe there are outside influences in our campaigns,” said Marcelin. He suggested looking at campaign contributors from organizations and comparing the findings with the voting record of elected officials.
He cited the Doak Campbell vote for stadium funding as an example. He said there were “campaign contributions prior to the vote,” and he believes one cannot stay impartial when money is being handed out.
Stewart asked if Marcelin was in support of the FAMU stadium grant, as he is on the record being against the Doak Campbell funding. Marcelin stated that FAMU needed the funding. However, he would have supported the funds in the form of a loan instead of a grant.
When Marcelin was questioned about his stance on the urban sprawl and affordable housing issues, he contended that he is for growth. “I am not anti-growth,” Marcelin said, “I just want growth with community input…Though we need to focus on the neighborhoods, we have now.”
“I am trying to earn everyone’s vote,” Marcelin said, explaining why he is the best candidate for the commission seat. “I am not a politician,” he asserted. Additionally, he said that he has served the community for years through various organizations, and his goal is to do his best to represent the citizens of Tallahassee.