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UPDATED: Gillum Is Tallahassee Mayor-Elect After Write-In Candidate Drops Out

Gillum, flanked by his wife R. Jai, speaking to supporters Tuesday evening.
Nick Evans

UPDATE: Aug. 28, 2014, 1 p.m.:

Andrew Gillum will be Tallahassee's next mayor.  According to Leon County elections officials, qualified write-in candidate Evin Matthews dropped out of the race Wednesday afternoon.  Gillum is now Tallahassee mayor-elect and will not appear on the ballot in November.

Original post, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014:


City Commissioner Andrew Gillum is one step closer in his bid to be Tallahassee’s next mayor.  Tallahassee’s mayoral primary has been called, and Gillum has won.

As primary election returns rolled in, Gillum gave a rousing speech to supporters at his election party.  Gillum says the city has the raw materials necessary to be great.

“This being the smartest community in the state of Florida?  More degrees per capita than any other city in this state?  One out of two people with at least a Bachelor’s degree?  We have no reason not to be excellent and innovative.  No reason whatsoever,” Gillum says.

But Gillum’s race is not quite over yet.  A write-in candidate named Evin Matthews has qualified for the race, too, and he’ll face Gillum in the general election.

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.