PERSPECTIVES

The county’s long-time (since 2000) Tax Collector, Democrat Doris Maloy, faces former City Commissioner, Police Officer and Business Owner, Republican John Paul Bailey.  The candidates talk about their backgrounds and what that experience brings to their respective vision for the office.

The three candidates to succeed long-time State Attorney Willie Meggs make their respective cases: Democrats Jack Campbell and Sean Desmond; and Republican Pete Williams.

There are four people running for this newly-redrawn Florida congressional district that sprawls across the northern part of the state between Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  Three of them are Democrats: the incumbent Brown; LaShonda Holloway; and Al Lawson.  There is also a Republican, Glo Smith.  Lawson was the lone candidate responding to an invitation to appear on Political Perspectives and spends the hour outlining his priorities and philosophy of governance honed by many years in the Florida Legislature.

There are three Republicans and two Democrats vying to win their party’s primary election August 30th for the newly-redrawn Second Congressional District of Florida.  Two of those contenders discuss their very different approaches to governance: Democrat Walter Dartland; and Republican Ken Sukhia.

City of Tallahassee

The incumbent for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two is defending the city’s budget and employee raises.

City budgeting, employee compensation, law enforcement, economic development and two very different visions for the future are topics of discussion during this Political Perspectives featuring: challenger Dr. Steven Hougland; and the incumbent, Curtis Richardson.

Growth, economic development, addressing racial and income disparities and protecting the area’s environment are just a few of the topics tackled by three of the candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One: challengers Luther Lee; and Bruce Warren Strouble; along with the incumbent, Scott Maddox.  A fourth contender, Gary Gayle, did not respond to multiple invitations to participate.

The contenders to represent the schools in the northwestern part of the county make their respective cases for membership on the school board and discuss their particular priorities when it comes to local education policy.  On the panel, Incumbent Dee Dee Rasmussen and the challengers, Patrick Neel Cannon and Tallie Gainer III.

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Both candidates for Leon County School Board District Two say they would work together with schools to protect the rights of transgender students.

With longtime member Dee Crumpler not seeking re-election, the Leon School Board District Two seat is open.  Vying for the job are two veteran educators: Roger Pinholster; and Rosanne Wood.

From growth management to economic development and the need for more sidewalks, there are many issues facing Leon County and the two contenders for this county commission seat discuss those matters: challenger David Hawkins; and incumbent Mary Ann Lindley.

Leon County Website

Whoever becomes the Leon County Commissioner in District Two will have their work cut out for them. 

With the retirement of longtime District Two Commissioner Jane Sauls, the seat has attracted a large number of candidates.  Talking about their particular qualifications and vision for the position are:  Jeffrey William Bullock; Nancy Calhoun; Howard Font; Margaret Franklin; Kirk Headley-Perdue; Manny Joanos; and T.J. Lewis.  An eighth candidate, Jimbo Jackson, was unable to attend.

With the impending retirement of Ion Sancho, for the first time in 28 years there will be no incumbent in the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office seeking re-election.  The three would-be successors to Mr. Sancho make their respective cases: Mark Earley; Tena Pate; and Alan Williams.

The importance of this job to everyone who owns (or rents) property in the county is the focus of this panel, along with the unique qualifications each of the candidates brings to the job.  All four candidates are on hand: Akin Akinyemi; Clay Ketchum; and Doug Will (all Democrats) and No Party Affiliation Candidate Greg Lane.

Three of the five contenders for the office of School Superintendent share their qualifications and vision to lead the district: the incumbent, Democrat Jackie Pons; Republican Forrest Van Camp; and No Party Affiliate Patricia Ann Sunday.  Unable to attend: NPA Rocky Hanna and Democrat Woody Hildebrandt.

Political Perspectives: Leon County Sheriff

Jul 6, 2016

Three of the four contenders for the office of Leon County Sheriff talk about their unique qualifications for the job and their vision for improving public safety.  The candidates are: Democrat Walt McNeil; Republican Charlie Strickland; and No Party Affiliate Mike Wood.  The other No Part Affiliate in the race, Tommy Mills, did not attend.

Leon County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Website

The county clerks handle everything from traffic tickets to marriage licenses, and three of the four candidates vying for the position are associated with the clerk of courts and comptroller’s office.

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In this first of a month-long series of Perspectives programs on this year’s local candidate races, we speak with the four contenders for Leon County Clerk of Court/Comptroller: Franklin Ayetin; Bill Bogan; Barry Brooks; and Gwendolyn Marshall.

Perspectives: 'Happy Motoring' and Beyond

Jun 30, 2016

We talk with three folks who have decided to move Tallahassee forward by preserving a part of the city’s past.  They are the founding members of “Foremost Creative”, Micah Widen, Jack Kiker and Lucas Lindsey.  They are repurposing the old Esso service station on South Adams Street as a community magnet space and are advocating similar solutions for other areas of town.

Perspectives: City Manager Rick Fernandez

Jun 23, 2016

The city of Tallahassee is in the midst of its budget process and officials are working to include the community’s views while making the process more transparent. Officials have introduced a website aimed at helping citizens drill down into the city’s spending plan. They’ve also surveyed residents about their priorities for spending city money.

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There may be no Democratic Party primary for school superintendent this August. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, City Commissioner Scott Maddox says he’s considering dropping out of the race for superintendent. Instead, he would run to keep his seat on the city commission.

Perspectives: Ion Sancho

Jun 16, 2016

Sancho has been Leon County’s elections supervisor since 1989.  Now in his final term, he talks about his ongoing efforts to assure greater voter access and participation.  He also has strong words for those in state legislatures and elsewhere who seek to limit that access and participation.

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Florida cracks down on elder abuse. 

It's one of eight states that requires all people to report elder abuse if they suspect it. Failure to do so is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Perspectives: Elder Abuse

Jun 9, 2016

The incidence of seasoned citizens being neglected, isolated, scammed, intimidated or physically abused is shocking, particularly in Florida, which has such a high number of retirees.  To talk about these cases and what’s being done to resolve and prevent them are: Laura Copeland, elder abuse prevention coordinator for planning and service area 2 with the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc.; Wendy Fletcher-Altman, senior human services specialist with Adult Protective Services, Florida Department of Children and Families; Mike Milliken, Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; and

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