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Leon County, Tallahassee primaries end in upsets and runoffs

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 23:24:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The election night watch party might look different, but the celebration is still the same.

"This is all totally, totally, totally amazing," said Jack Porter, who won Seat 1 of the Tallahassee City Commission. "Thank you all so much for tuning in tonight."

"To see this campaign come together in just 11 months shows that anybody can do it in any seat," City commissioner Jeremy Matlow said.

Porter beat Tallahassee Seat 1 commissioner Elaine Bryant by just over 3,000 votes. Porter says the future of Tallahassee's city commission looks bright.

"I'm looking forward to putting the campaign stuff behind us and rolling up my sleeves as your Commissioner-elect and getting to the all-important work of governing," said Porter.

Earlier on election day, Bryant said a loss won't stop her passion for service.

"If they say no I'm OK with that too because I'm still going to continue to serve," Bryant said.

One seat over, Tallahassee commissioner Curtis Richardson will compete for his third term in a runoff against Kearney Center Food Services Director Bill Schack.

"There's a big percentage that still voted for the incumbent," Schack said. "I need to convince the people who didn't vote for me that I'm the right choice. I've got a lot of work to do but I'm willing to put in the work."

"I think that my experience on the Commission, given that all of my colleagues have been there two years or less will help us to get there," said Richardson. "I think they've benefited from my experience and institutional knowledge to get us where we are now."

It's down to Carolyn Cummings and Kelly Otte for Leon County Commissioner at Large.