City, county commission campaigns continue to general election

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 18:06:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — No candidate for Leon County commissioner at large nor Tallahassee Commission seat 2 was able to take home more than half of the votes Tuesday night.

Now, those races will be on the ballot during the general election in November.

The top two candidates still in the running for City Commissioner Seat 2 are Curtis Richardson, the incumbent and newcomer Bill Schack.

For Leon County commissioner at large Carolyn Cummings and Kelly Otte continue their campaigns.

"Some of the local races ended up in a runoff because there wasn't a clear majority," said Mark Earley, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections. "No one got 50 percent plus 1 of the votes."

Cummings pulled in the most votes for the Leon County Commissioner at Large but at just 30.62 percent it was not enough. She'll face off against Kelly Otte in the general election.

In a race of seven candidates, political scientist Dr. Ed Moore says that the outcome was likely.

"It's really hard to get to 50 percent unless you're an incumbent," said Moore. "There was no incumbent, it was a wide-open seat."

Tallahassee City Commission Seat 2 is also moving to the general election.

Curtis Richardson is running for his third term in the City Commission, opposed by Kearney Center Food Services Director Bill Schack.

"Once you get elected in this county, it's real hard to unseat you," Moore said.

The primary election saw a record turnout with about 35 percent casting a ballot and Earley anticipates a similar outcome in November.

"Typically, general elections have double to turnout as primaries as we typically see," said Earley. "In fact, more than double. I bet we'll see over 80."

The general election is on Nov. 3.