Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow is being challenged by Dr. David Bellamy during this election cycle.
Matlow was elected to City Commission Seat 3 in 2018. Matlow won by 327 votes, defeating Lisa Brown 50.25 percent to 49.75 percent.
Matlow is a successful local business owner operating various restaurants and entertainment establishments.
Bellamy is an orthopedic surgeon with Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. He also works with the Tallahassee Police Department’s TAC Team which provides medical support on high-risk calls. Bellamy began working for TPD when he was still an undergrad at Florida State University.
Provided below is a table giving the positions of the candidates on six specific issues.
The table below shows that Commissioner Matlow supported economic development funds for stadium upgrades for FAMU, but voted against funds for FSU. Matlow has stated that FAMU needed the money to have a football season, while FSU is in a better financial position.
Bellamy has stated he would have voted for the FAMU funds due to the possibility of FAMU missing a football season without the stadium upgrades. However, he said that would not of supported the FSU stadium funding.
On growth issues, there are clear differences on recent votes related to major projects.
Matlow supported the Amazon project. However, he has voted against the Northeast Gateway and the expansion of the Urban Services Area (USA) for housing developments on the southside of Leon County.
Candidate Bellamy has stated he would have voted for the Amazon project and the recent request to expand the USA to facilitate residential development.
On the Northeast Gateway, Bellamy qualified his support by saying that he would of based his decision on traffic benefits.
On the fate of the Tallahassee City Manager, Matlow has indicated he prefers a different city manager. David Bellamy said, if elected, he would evaluate the city manager’s performance before deciding if a change is warranted.
Commissioner Matlow has been endorsed by the Tallahassee Professional Firefighter’s Union, Big Bend Chapter of the AFL-CIO, and civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
David Bellamy has been endorsed by the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association and former FSU president John Thrasher.
Interviews from The Steve Stewart Show are available here.
The Steve Stewart Show interview with David Bellamy, May 5, 2022
The Steve Stewart Show interview with Jeremy Matlow, April 7, 2022