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Race for Leon County commission seat sees many first-time candidates

Posted at 6:31 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 18:31:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The outcome of many elections held Tuesday could change the landscape of our local politics as several candidates want to be the next Leon County commissioner.

The seat currently held by MaryAnn Lindley, who is retiring this year, has seven contenders.

The majority are running for the first time and say the experience has been invaluable.

"I've gotten to know the community and seeing how many people really put their heart and blood sweat and tears into Tallahassee," said Scott Flowers, a Leon County commissioner candidate. "There's so many people out working in the community that go unnoticed and I've met a lot of them during this campaign. Regardless of the outcome, I'm going to continue to work with them."

"I think I have a lot to bring to the table," candidate Jeff Hendry said. "In terms of bringing a perspective that's broad-based. I've been here all my life, this is very personal to me for me to be able to serve my uncle that I grew up in."

Other candidates include Kelly Otte, the former executive director at the PACE Center for Girls; Mellissa Villar, the executive director of NORML Tallahassee, a marijuana reform organization; Danielle Irwin, the director of Cummins | Cederburg Coastal and Marine Engineering; Robin Colson, the director of Organizational Learning and Innovation at Florida Virtual Campus; and lawyer Carolyn Cummings.