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Candidates vie for seats on Tallahassee city commission

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 18:03:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The elections supervisor in Leon County, Mark Earley, says it's been busy.

Earley made a goal to hit 33 percent voter turnout. They're currently at 32 percent.

Despite COVID-19, Earley says numbers are on par with the turnout for most primary elections.

Two seats on the Tallahassee city commission are up for grabs this election cycle.

Seat one is getting a lot of attention. It's currently held by Elaine Bryant.

Emerging in this race is Jacqueline "Jack" Porter.

Both women are new to campaigning. Bryant was appointed to her seat after Scott Maddox was removed.

Both say this election is all about serving the community.

"I'm here to serve in the community, and if the city of Tallahassee says, 'Yes Elaine, let's continue,' that's what we'll do," said Bryant. "And if they say no, I'm OK with that too because I'm still going to continue to serve."

"If I am not elected, I will leave the same way that I have run this campaign," Porter said. "Putting people first, reaching out, going to them, including them in conversations, and being accountable to them. And I think that that's the kind of leadership that you'll see for me and the kind of leadership that our community deserves and wants."

William Booker Moore is also in the race, running on the platform of lowering crime, protecting businesses from corporations, and environmental issues like protecting the ocean.

Tallahassee commission seat two, which is held by Curtis Richardson, is also on Tuesday night's ballot.