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Nick Maddox retains his seat on the Leon County Commission. He hopes the community can now focus on healing

A man in a blue plaid dress shirt smiles to the side. He is framed by the shoulders of two other men.
Casey Chapter
Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox hopes the community can heal following this contentious election cycle.

Incumbent Nick Maddox will keep his seat on the Leon County Commission. He sees the conclusion of election season as a chance for the community to come together.

Maddox secured 53% of the votes on election night, according to unofficial election results.

“I think this election and the turnout being what it has been says a lot about what our community are as far as our sense of togetherness. Crime is an issue, economic development poverty is an issue, but I think when it comes down to it if we can come together more as a community and really really start to be active and caring about every district not just the ones that we live in, I think that we can push the ball forward on a lot of issues," Maddox said.

Godby High School teacher Josh Johnson, called Maddox to concede at about 9 p.m. Johnson said while he and his team were disappointed with the outcome, he is still proud of his campaign.

“I feel good, I still feel motivated by the mission and the mission continues. It does not look like tonight will go our way, but our way is still a very fluid concept because as I was telling the reporter earlier, change comes in increments, and I think this is an incremental step towards a better Leon County," Johnson said.

The at-large seat covers the entirety of Leon County rather than just one district. Maddox said he looks forward to serving the community for another four years.

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.