On Monday, September 4, the Big Bend Labor Chapter (BBLC) hosted an event to help veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness at the American Legion Hall on Lake Ella Dr. However, comments from some local officials -including City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow – introduced politics to what was supposed to be a donation drive.
After the event, Commissioner Maltlow posted on his social media, thanking the “Labor Council for hosting this event today, raising funds and supplies for homeless services and to all of the leaders in our community dedicated to making a difference!”
However, during the event, when Matlow addressed the attendees he promoted the electoral success of progressive candidates with a look toward gaining majorities on the city and county commissions.
“Since 2018 every open seat that did not have an incumbent has been won by a champion of people. Weather that’s our seat in 2018, Commissioner Jack Porter in 2020, Commissioner O’Keefe at the County. People in Tallahassee are ready to see majorities standing up for their values.”
City Commissioner Porter and County Commissioner O’Keefe were in attendance.
Matlow then took a shot at “developers.”
“Our tax dollars are benefiting wealthy developers that just want tax breaks on their new development for roads that neighborhoods don’t even want to see…”, said Matlow.
In addition, former County Commissioner, Property Appraiser Akin Akinyemi noted that more people-focused local elected officials like Commissioners Porter, Matlow and Okeefe can overcome big insider money.
And finally, Leon County Teachers Association (LCTA) President Scott Mazur – who spoke at the event advertised as a “donation drive” for homeless vets – took the opportunity to highlight “attacks against teachers.”
TR is seeking to find out if other elected officials were invited to the event.