Tallahassee state Representative Alan Williams has declared his intention to seek a fourth and final term in the Florida House. The decision ends months of speculation Williams might run for a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.
Last October, Williams publicly considered not seeking re-election to the House. Current city commissioner Andrew Gillum is running for mayor, leaving a seat vacant – a seat Williams could have run for with little opposition. Earlier this week, though, former state Representative Curtis Richardson announced his candidacy.
“I think Curtis Richardson’s going to be a great addition to the City Commission,” Williams said.
Williams claims his decision to make a final run for the Statehouse was not motivated by Richardson’s entry into the local race.
“I gave it some thought because I used to work in city government – as I looked at it, and I thought about it, I said I want to finish what I started back in 2008,” Williams said.
Williams currently serves as Democratic Whip and chairs the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.