Who am I?

A husband, father, educator, community leader and public servant. I served for six years as a school board member and eight years as a Representative in the Florida House of Representatives. I have worked for 30 years in both education and government since graduating from Florida State University and served in a variety of community leadership roles during that time.

Why am I running?

I’m running for the City Commission because I firmly believe in our community and I want to see city government work for every individual who calls Tallahassee home. I want to ensure the every segment of the city experiences growth and compatible economic development.

I've always understood that local government has the most impact on the day to day lives of its citizens. As Tallahassee continues to grow, I know I have something to offer in directing its future. I have the experience needed to help deliver results beginning on day one. I understand well the role of the Commission and how to work with elected officials and stakeholders at every level to craft good public policy.

From the school board to the state house, I've been honored to server this community. I want to work for our city's future, and make it a better place for generations to come.

My Goals

My focus will be centered on helping to spur our economy and create new high wage jobs. Our community is fortunate to house two major research universities and one of the largest community colleges in Florida. City government should be exploring more opportunities to collaborate with these educational institutions to foster new technologies and promote their growth and development, which in turns create jobs. I will lead on this issue as I have done as a member of the Florida House by supporting efforts such as Innovation Park of Tallahassee, a model for world-class research and emerging technology.

I’m also very committed to improving the safety of our neighborhoods. As president of my neighborhood association and former vice president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), I know how effective our local neighborhood associations can be in keeping our families safe and our communities clean. I'll continue my relationship with these organizations to help implement best practices in our community.

As city commissioner, I will also devote attention to promoting arts and culture in our community. Tallahassee is a very unique, historic, and culturally rich community and we should be sharing that with citizens and visitors alike. I will explore opportunities, in collaboration with organizations like Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), to better inform and make available our offerings, especially to children in the City.

My DFA Values

We can attribute our campaign's success because we work hard to embody the values of community, security, and liberty. I've always understood that regardless of who you are or where you come from, we all have a shared stake in the well being of our community. It was these reasons that led me to initially run for the school board. I wanted to level the playing field in our educational system so that every young boy and girl could live up to his or her potential. It was these same values that I promoted, that led voters to send me to the state capitol for eight years. The district I represented in the legislature had more state workers in it than any other in Florida. I worked extremely hard to protect these men and women. I fought for pay increases and fought against attempts to take away their benefits.

I also represented one of the more rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged counties in our state, in Gadsden County. I was successful in bringing a stand alone emergency room to this area and I delivered on a promise to bring dental care options to the local county health department to serve children who were in desperate need.

I have a proven track record of delivering on these issues, because I understand that values of community, security and liberty,are not just national issues, but local issues as well.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is powered by people from every walk of life. The campaign is building a network across Tallahassee that seeks to welcome like-minded people who share our values. These people are citizens who want to ensure City Hall is looking out for them.

Many of our campaign donations are100 dollars or less and mostly come from people in the City.

We also have a strong presence on the Internet, with a large and growing list of supporters who receive news from the campaign by email and our web site. We also plan to walk precincts and engage voters where they live. Volunteers will also contact voters by phone to encourage them to vote and choose our candidate.

Voice support

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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