On July 12, Damon Victor who is running for the Leon County Commission District 3, appeared on The Steve Stewart Show.
Victor has lived in Tallahassee for 35 years and over the last year he has become increasingly frustrated with “some of the decisions being made” by elected officials.
These decisions include the Northeast Gateway vote and the funding of Doak Campbell stadium repairs via Blueprint economic development funds. He said he felt it was time to run for commission to make changes.
For 25 years Victor has made orthotics and prosthetics. Over the last 16 years, Victor has had his own business, Victor Technologies, where he is also involved in product research and development.
The primary issues Victor is focused on are the North Monroe corridor and infrastructure on West Tharpe Street.
Stewart asked if Victor is against creating a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to address issues along North Monroe Street.
“Yes, number one the CRA doesn’t have anything to do with the county. At this point we are trying to get out of a CRA as a county commission, that we are paying for but do not have a seat on the board,” Victor said. “The money was there, the public had a plan, called Blueprint. It was supposed to fix Monroe Street, West Tharpe Street, and South Monroe; before Welaunee and before 2019.”
Stewart discussed the increase in homelessness on North Monroe and the increase in tents along the Monroe and I-10 corridor. Victor was asked what he might do about this issue.
“Tallahassee needs to take ownership of the homelessness issue,” Victor asserted. He went on to say that the Kearney Center is overwhelmed, and it can’t be solely relied upon. “We need another center. We need to build shelters and public restrooms and the outreach portion with Big Bend Continuum Care is important.”
When asked about the homeless camps and if Victor believes they should be illegal, especially if local government were to build “brick and mortar” shelters to assist the homeless, Victor replied that camps should not be illegal.
“I lay on the civil liberties and individual rights side,” said Victor. “We can motivate individuals to get the help they need. It’s about connecting the person to the right services at the right time.”
On the vote for Blueprint economic dollars to go toward the FAMU stadium repairs, Victor said he was for it. Victor said the funding was economically sound and FAMU needed the money so that they would have a football season.
Victor stated that he was is not for the Children’s Services Council and argues that unelected officials should not be making decisions for use of taxpayer dollars.
Also, Victor was asked about the recent vote by commissioners to expand the urban services area on the southside of Leon County to include three large parcels where a national developer planned to build homes. “I would have voted no,” Victor responded. He explained that the urban services area should be expanded “in a balanced way.”
Victor stated the community should vote for him is because he brings the “spirit of service” and innovation to table, and he has a “strong commitment” to the job.