As you may know, Leon County Commissioner John Dailey filed to run for Mayor of Tallahassee yesterday. I've known John for many years and I believe Tallahassee would be well served with him as our Mayor. Should voters choose him, City Hall will be in very capable hands.
Over the last few days, many people have asked me to consider running for Commissioner Dailey's now-open seat on the County Commission. For 12 years, John has done an excellent job serving the people of District 3 and of Leon County as a whole. We need someone who will continue that level of public service and build upon the great work that has been done.
I love what the County government is doing, and I love the vision that the County has developed over the last several years. So much so that I would have filed for this seat had John announced his mayoral run earlier.
And so I've decided to run for the District 3 seat on the Leon County Commission.
My dedication to this community is as strong as ever, and as a candidate, my priorities will remain the same: reducing crime, strengthening neighborhoods, helping local businesses create high-quality, high-paying jobs, and ensuring that our local governments perform at the highest ethical standards.
I want to thank you for your incredible help during the City Commission race, and I hope you'll choose to continue your support of me for this new campaign.
Thank you very much for your support, and I look forward to working with you to make our community an even better place to live,
I just came back from the #NeverAgain Rally, and I spoke briefly with some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These are bright, passionate, well-spoken young men and women who, I hope, have launched a new movement that will finally bring change.
Let me say that I believe in the Second Amendment, and I will defend the right of responsible gun owners to bear arms. But I also believe that we MUST adopt common sense gun safety reform. We need universal background checks, an effective ban on assault weapons, restrictions on high-capacity magazines, and increased mental health support.
Contrary to what some have been saying, these two positions CAN coexist. We can respect our Second Amendment rights AND reduce gun violence in this country.
My daughter Madeline is four years old, and she has yet to participate in a school shooting lockdown drill. Let’s follow the lead of the brave students I met today, so that my daughter’s generation never has to face a tragedy like the one these teenagers have experienced.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958
“… but it doesn’t bend on its own.” – President Barack Obama, 2013
The best way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is not to sit idly by and expect things to work out. We are the ones who must do the bending.