Joey Lamar joined the Steve Stewart show on July 14, 2022, to discuss his campaign for the county commission seat three and other hot topics of the day.
Lamar was born and raised in Atlanta and came to Tallahassee in 2020 from North Dakota to begin a new position as the sports director for local news station WCTV.
Lamar now works with the Department of Children and Families, taking calls and working with children and parents experiencing abuse situations.
Lamar said he decided to run for commission after noticing children in a dangerous situation trying to reach the school bus because there were no sidewalks.
“Why don’t we have sidewalks,” Lamar said. “Oh, we don’t have sidewalks because we don’t properly allocate our funds.”
Lamar voiced concern about homelessness in Leon County. “It’s out of control,” he stated. “We need to provide housing. We can look at blighted apartment buildings or blighted hotels, but we have to provide a stable place for people.”
When Stewart asked why homelessness hasn’t been addressed so far, Lamar answered, “part of the issue is people not caring…These politicians, the current politicians, are forever catering to the people who give to their campaigns.”
Regarding his campaign efforts, Lamar said he is enjoying getting out and meeting people. He wants to hear about the issues they are concerned with, such as the unincorporated areas on the city line that now need to replace their septic tanks when they could be on the city sewer.
Stewart asked Lamar his opinion regarding Blueprint funds going to the FAMU and FSU stadium repairs.
Lamar said FAMU needed the Blueprint funds in order to have a football season. “I’m in favor of government help when you are in need,” However, Lamar was not in favor of the assistance given to FSU. “Doak Campbell stadium is not in need. That is a beautiful stadium.”
Lamar said the $20 million in taxpayer money should have been used for economic development.
In response to the question of affordable housing, Lamar said he sees multi-generational homes or homes that are renting out rooms to help pay the mortgage. He claimed it’s an issue that is being ignored and blamed low wages.
Stewart asked Lamar to expand upon his views on the Welaunee development. Lamar expressed frustration and said he wouldn’t have supported moving forward with the Welaunee development.
“It isn’t what the city or county needed at the time.” He said he believes that our local government is “bending over backward to appease the people who give the most to campaigns.”