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David O'Keefe joins the Leon County Commission. He says he looks forward to creating positive change

A man in a light blue shirt and dark blue tie looks over the shoulder of a woman in a colorful paisley top as they monitor the latest election results.
Casey Chapter
David O'Keefe watches election results update as more votes from more precincts are added to the tally.

David O’Keefe will serve on the Leon County Commission for District 5. What started as a crowded race ended with O’Keefe securing the seat that used to belong to Kristin Dozier, who stepped down to run for Tallahassee mayor.

O’Keefe says he hopes to bring positive change to the community.

“My primary message with voters in District 5 is that business as usual is not working for everyday people in our community and that we need to make sure that when we spend resources and make decisions that were doing it in a way that helps people first—that there’s no special interest giveaways that empty the coffers before we can fix the crises that our community and our neighbors are facing like unaffordable housing," O'Keefe told WFSU during his election night watch party.

O’Keefe beat his opponent Paula DeBoles Johnson Tuesday taking nearly 55 percent of the vote compared to her 45 percent.

Casey Chapter is a graduate student at Florida State University studying Public Interest Media & Communication. She got her start in journalism at the FSView & Florida Flambeau, where she served as a reporter, News Editor, and eventually Managing Editor. She has previously reported on COVID-19 and K-12 education for the Tallahassee Democrat, and currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Florida Student News Watch, a journalism program that aims to get students and recent graduates' work published with a focus on environmental reporting.