Mary Ann Lindley

Non-euphoric marijuana was supposed to be available January 1 of this year.
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Medical Marijuana is on the agenda for the Leon County Commission’s Tuesday meeting.

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The two candidates for the Leon County Commission At-Large Seat disagree about changes to the county’s urban development. 

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Leon County Commissioners talked over the preliminary budget Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year.

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  Mary Ann Lindley is the new chair of the Leon County Commission.  Bill Proctor will serve as vice chair. Elected in 2012, Lindley served as vice chair last year. She says she’s excited for the coming year and thanks outgoing chair Kristin Dozier. 

" I loved being your left hand woman, I guess is what we’re doing here. You’ve brought so much dignity to this job,” Lindley says.

Encouraging more women to seek public office is the goal of a first-of-its-kind initiative for the Big Bend area. Residents can learn more about the program through the “Women Can Run! Launch Party” Monday.

The Oasis Center for Women and Girls is partnering with several organizations, including the League of Women Voters and Leadership Tallahassee, to launch the Women Can Run! program. The Oasis Center’s Haley Cutler says the year-long effort will empower more women to have a voice in politics.

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Less than a month after Leon County Commissioners approved a plan for a domestic partnership registry, same-sex couples can now be recognized by the county. About fifty couples attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the County Courthouse this morning.

Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi has lost to opponent Mary Ann Lindley. After a highly contentious race, Lindley squeaked out a narrow win.

Lindley forced Akinyemi into a run-off in the August primary. The former Tallahassee Democrat reporter won by a 3 percent margin Tuesday night. Lindley said she won by appealing to Leon County voters of all walks of life.

“You know I felt, ive been able to bring a lot of people together in the way that a lot of folks just wish so much that people would do in congress. And I think my candidacy has done that,” Lindley said.

The Leon County Commission at Large Seat One takes center stage, as incumbent Akin Akinyemi and challenger Mary Ann Lindley talk about the issues, as well as a Florida Ethics Commission complaint just filed by Lindley against Akinyemi.

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Leon County Commission Chair Akin Akinyemi and Mary Ann Lindley, candidate for an at-large Leon County Commission seat, sparred on a number of issues during a joint appearance on WFSU's Perspectives Program.

Akin Akinyemi at lecturn
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Nine professional associations and advocacy groups are endorsing Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi for reelection. Akinyemi accepts the endorsements at the same time he responds to reports that his own architecture business is in financial trouble.

The Tallahassee Professional Firefighters Association and Board of Realtors are the latest groups to join the seven endorsements Akinyemi received before the August primary election. On Wednesday, former Tallahassee Mayor Dot Inman-Johnson said she also supports the incumbent.

One of the three challengers to incumbent Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi has forced him into a runoff for his at-large seat in November. Political newcomer Mary Ann Lindley managed to keep Akinyemi from winning the 50 percent of the vote he’d need to run unopposed.

Lindley got just over a quarter of the vote in Tuesday’s Leon Co. primary, edging out opponents Fred Varn and Emily Fritz, who came in with 24 percent and 18 percent, respectively. All three came in behind incumbent Akinyemi, who got just under a third of the vote.

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There are four people in the running for Leon County Commission At-Large Seat One.  Tom Flanigan spoke with all of them Tuesday, July 17 on WFSU-FM's Perspectives.

The guy who’s held that seat for the past four years is Akin Akinyemi.  He called in from the road on the way back to Tallahassee from Pittsburgh.  One of his biggest challenges, he told the Perspectives audience, has been trying to maintain critical county services in the face of a relentlessly shrinking county budget.  Such as the special court that handles mental health and substance abuse cases.