TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Several newcomers will be challenging incumbents for Leon County Commission Races during the upcoming elections.
Tuesday night the Leon County Democratic Party hosted a Democratic Candidate Forum, allowing those running for office the chance to explain why they want to lead the county.
One by one they stepped up to the podium and were given five minutes to explain their past achievements and goals if elected, or re-elected.
"Again I look forward to serving you all and I hope I can have your support, thank you," said Commissioner Nick Maddox.
Challenger Rick Minor: "With the right type of county commissioners, we can have both. We can have a thriving economy and we can protect and cherish the environment and the natural resources that we have."
Commissioner Kristin Dozier: "I was the sole vote against the county moving out of the CRA. We are going to continue to invest in that program for another 20 years and I think if we are putting county dollars in, all of city residents, who are also county residents, we should be at the table making those decisions."
It wasn't just those looking for a seat in Leon County government. Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is running for the fifth congressional district seat in the Democratic Primary against incumbent Al Lawson.
"I am just like you," Brown said. "I want you to be successful. I want the 5th congressional district to be the best district in the country."
The candidates discussed a variety of topics from affordable housing to reducing the crime rate, even economic development. One thing none of them touched on was decriminalizing marijuana."
WTXL reached out to the Leon County Republican party for comment but have yet to hear back.
Leon County's primary election is on August 28.