I was born and raised here, in Tallahassee, Florida!
What do you want visitors and locals to know about Tallahassee that they may not already know?
Despite being labeled a “college town”, Tallahassee is a very family-friendly city that has so much to offer everyone, no matter what phase of life you’re in. There’s something for everyone; the entrepreneurs, the young professionals, the families, students, athletes, the single parents, executives, senior citizens, and retirees…and we’re still growing!
How has Tallahassee evolved over the years?
Tallahassee has grown from a small town to a much larger city that managed to keep all of the charm of a small town. You use to look downtown and the Capitol would seem like the only building reaching into the sky. Now, you look downtown and see all kind of high rise apartments and hotels. Back in the day, if you went north in Tallahassee, the city ended at Piedmont Rd, but now, Tallahassee basically stretches all the way out to Killearn Lakes, which is almost at the Florida-Georgia line.
What made you want to run for city commission?
I love Tallahassee. As great as this city is, there is still so much that needs to be addressed. Citizens are concerned about not having a voice in local government. They’re worried about taxes going up and transparency from the leaders. There are many citizens who feel like they need someone downtown who will actually listen and do something to make a difference. The people that I talk to everyday want a city commissioner who is in touch with them and the issues that they face. There’s a popular quote that says, “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”
I believe that same principle holds true for this city. We have enough city commissioners who are great at the rhetoric part, now it’s time for a commissioner who will act on what he says…I’m that candidate.
What are your goals for the city if elected?
To grow the economy of the whole city, empower local businesses in all parts of town, address crime, and bring about real change in the way city commission conducts business. I will fully include the citizens and seek out their involvement and input.
What social media do you use?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and now I’m dabbling with Snapchat.
Describe Tallahassee in 5 words or less.