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Newcomer Jessica Yeary Defeats Incumbent In Public Defender Race

Sign is placed on the sidewalk. It has a big arrow with the words, "vote here," written on it.
Robbie Gaffney
On Tuesday, Leon County voters had five candidates to choose from in the Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two race.

With more than 90,000 votes in, Jessica Yeary looks poised to win the public defenders’ race in the second judicial circuit. She has more than 60% of the vote, giving a clear edge over incumbent Andy Thomas. Yeary says she’s ready to get to work.

"We are going to be trial lawyers, we are going to be skilled dedicated trial beasts who will get in there and defend our clients," said Yeary. "With every ability of our skill, our knowledge, our training, and our experience they are going to know that they have an ally sitting next to them that is going to fight for them."

Yeary spent election night with family and close friends at home. She says she’s thankful for the voters and her campaign team.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.