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Back To Branch Street: A Divided Neighborhood Casts Its Votes

Branch St.
Nick Evans

A congressional border runs right through the middle of Tallahassee’s Levy Park neighborhood, and residents on opposite sides of Branch Street will soon be represented by different people—likely from different parties.

Florida’s court-ordered redistricting wrapped up last year and 2016 will be the first election with the new borders.  Nick Quinton lives on the District Two side of the street which means his next congressman will likely be Republican Neal Dunn, who is running for the GOP-friendly seat.

“I’m guessing more than half the folks have already voted in Leon county, and that’s a big deal,” Quinton says, “and I’m anxious to see how it all turns out, and I’m also anxious to see what kind of representation we get here on Branch Street.”

“You know, I suspect my neighbors across the street will have a representative of a different party than I will, and I hope it means something positive for all of us.”

Across the street is District Five—a left leaning seat where Democrat Al Lawson seems likely to win. 

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.