Nick Maddox

Nick Maddox
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Current Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox has been re-elected to his Group 2 seat.

Maddox easily defeated his challenger, local real estate broker Curtis Baynes. But, Baynes says he’ll continue pushing for solutions to his key issues and not dwell on what could have been.

“We can always speculate on what we could have done and when we could have done it," Baynes says. "My concern is and has always been with respect to this economic portion of this sales tax and how we’re spending that and how we’re not spending it.”

Nick Maddox was elected to this seat in 2010 and is seeking another term.  He’s opposed by Curtis Baynes, who believes he’d do a better job controlling the fees the county charges residents for certain services, among other things.  A personal emergency kept Mr. Maddox from taking part in this discussion.

The Blueprint 2000 tax adds one extra cent to every dollar of taxable sales in Leon County to fund infrastructure projects.  The current tax will expire in 2019, but the County Commission hopes to extend it, and is developing a slate of projects to pursue if that happens.   County Commissioner Bill Proctor says many of the projects benefit FSU and FAMU, so the schools should participate in community outreach.

“In terms of promoting the campaign, the universities have radio stations, television stations – they have media that can be helpful in promoting this,” Proctor said.

LHatter / WFSU News

Health and social disparities, as well as workforce issues were front and center at a day-long summit hosted by the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Thursday.

In his opening remarks to a group of more than 300 participants, Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox recounted the role of women in his own life: his mother, and a former teacher named Mrs. Williamson:

Forty years ago U.S. soldiers returned home after an almost 20 year war in Vietnam. The Leon County Commission honored the veterans with a well-deserved welcome home ceremony Saturday.

Close to 60,000 American service members lost their lives and almost 2,000 remain missing in action after the twenty-year old Asian conflict. But, when those that survived finally returned home, most were greeted with angry protests and not open arms. Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox read from a proclamation seeking to finally and formally welcome the veterans home.

WFSU

After more than a dozen years away from Tallahassee City Hall, former Mayor Scott Maddox says he’s ready to go back.  Tom Flanigan reports Maddox announced his city commission campaign Wednesday.

Maddox announced his plans in the downtown park near the Doubletree Hotel:

“It’s my pleasure to be here to announce my candidacy for the city commission, seat one.”

That’s the seat being vacated by the retiring Mark Mustian.  Maddox supporters include local businessman Kim Williams: