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Tallahassee, Leon County Candidates Hurtle Toward Primary Election

A young woman with braids speaks with a man in a blue T-shirt in a park.
Margie Menzel
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Mayor John Dailey hosts a campaign event with hot dogs and a DJ at Speed-Spencer-Stephens Park

After months of campaigning, candidates are now sprinting for the finish line. Some stuck to their strategy of going door to door. Josh Johnson, a teacher who is challenging Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox, went to churches on Sunday morning -- including Bethel AME on Orange Avenue.

“I am on the home stretch. Tuesday will tell us what we need to know, but today is also a very important day historically," Johnson said. "The Sunday before the primary election is a huge day, from Souls to the Polls to the last day of early voting. So this will tell us a lot as well.”

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey, who is up for reelection, hosted a Saturday event at Speed-Spencer-Stephens Park, also on the city’s south side, where he worked the grill.

"Bout 200 hot dogs in about an hour," he said. "It’s been a steady stream. It’s been fantastic -- I mean, it’s a beautiful day, we got DJ Demp out, playing some music. Distinguished Young Gentlemen came out, helped out. We actually had an impromptu community service project. We cleaned up around the lake, here in the park…”

On Tuesday, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those still waiting in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.