Election 2022: Leon County Commission, District 2: Voter’s Guide

Basic information

Type of race: Impartial

Who can vote: All registered voters residing in constituency 2

And after: Any candidate who obtains 50% plus one of the votes will be elected. If no one exceeds 50%, the race will continue with a second round in November.

How much does this post earn: $83,945

Campaign coverage

Candidates

Sabrina M. Allen

Age: refused to give his age

Occupation: Fifth teacher

Qualifications: Graduated from Florida State University with three degrees including a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English. He previously ran for Superintendent of Schools and received nearly 25,000 votes.

Website: nothing

Sabrina M. Allen

Q1: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: I am qualified to be County Commissioner for District 2 because I have lived in our district for 38 years and in Tallahassee all my life. I love Tallahassee, but I don’t like the direction our city is heading. We desperately need a change. “People not Politics” is my slogan. I will listen to the residents of District 2 and help meet their needs. I will always be honest with them and do what is right. I will manage Leon County’s money as wisely as I manage my own.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: If there was one thing I could accomplish at the office, it would be to work with the city to reduce crime, so that all residents of Leon County can enjoy a good quality of life. We deserve it!

Lynda Gayle Bell

Age: 65

Occupation: Real estate professional

Qualifications: Vice Mayor and Mayor of Homestead; County Commissioner, Miami-Dade; served on Florida Communities Trust; understanding of the county’s budget process and day-to-day operations; company owner.

Website: Facebook.com/VoteLyndaBell

Lynda Bell

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: I have served in many facets of government as an elected official and city manager. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to serve my community from day one. As budget chair, our city and county won awards for budgeting. I am a staunch fiscal conservative who believes in a lower tax burden for our residents. I understand the plight of small businesses and their difficulties. This economy is hurting families in District 2, they need an advocate who will stand up and speak out on their behalf. I care deeply about my community.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: I will strive to improve the quality of life for our residents. I have lived here for many years and our neighborhood is in great need of it. Our roads are in poor condition, many are unpaved, our parks are lacking and there are few activities for our children. Our businesses need support, I pledge to be a full-time commissioner. This position requires full-time attention and our residents deserve someone who will make it a top priority. As a strong supporter of law enforcement, I have received endorsements from the PBA and the Leon County Sheriff. Our residents deserve security.

Christian Cabin

Age: 30

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Qualifications: Small business owner, non-profit board member, volunteer and community advocate.

Website: christiancaban.com

Christian Cabin

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: District 2 is unique in Leon County because it is essentially five different sub-communities, all with different issues and needs. I am the ideal candidate for District 2 as I have accumulated valuable experience running my own businesses. I have seen firsthand through my time as a nonprofit board member and community volunteer the needs of our community. I can apply this knowledge and offer practical solutions to improve District 2 and our county as a whole. I look forward to listening and learning from our community, solving problems and offering effective solutions.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: If I had to choose one thing to accomplish in the office, it would be to give our youth equitable access to training and workforce development tools so that our youth in District 2 can thrive as they grow. mature in our community. This is an issue that is currently not being addressed with a common sense of urgency. Especially in District 2. Let’s give our youth the resources to succeed – Over time, we will see this shape our community for generations to come.

Hannah Raven

Age: 29

Occupation: Communication professional

Qualifications: I have deep roots in District 2. Before there was a race, I served the needs of our area. I am a good communicator with extensive board experience.

Website: votehannahcrow.com

Hannah Raven

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: I believe my greatest strength and what makes me the ideal candidate to serve District 2 is my ability to ask tough questions, listen, and advocate for our residents with passion and effectiveness. I have proven my ability to identify key stakeholders, address concerns, cultivate productive conversations that give voice to our needs, connect resources and find solutions. I have a strong relationship with our business community and the Leon County government through my current professional and advocacy work. I can achieve what I have done in my district-wide community.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: This job, this responsibility, is all-encompassing. In fact, no problem can be solved unless we learn to be better together, even in the midst of our differences. This is what I want to accomplish by serving. I will accomplish to advance our communities by being a voice that can bring extremes to consensus by focusing on the highest good of the people. I will remain committed to finding common ground, moving the District and greater Leon County area forward by giving a healthy and constructive voice to those who have felt ignored and underserved.

Will Crowley

Age: 31

Occupation: Budget Analyst at FSU College of Medicine

Qualifications: Graduate degrees in urban planning and public administration. Previously, he spent four years as Legislative Budget Analyst, Parliamentary Appropriations; Representative for District 2, Leon County Democratic Party.

Website: willforleon.com

Will Crowley

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: With my strong background in public policy and budgeting, I won’t need to rely on unelected staff to think for me. However, my training and my professional experience have not sanitized me or made me forget my humble roots. I waited tables for almost a decade before my first job in OPS. I know what it’s like to rely on tips to pay the rent and have your house sold on short notice. I have the skills and perspective to fight for the workers of District 2.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: My primary objective is to restore public confidence. Without it, we cannot effectively address critical issues such as affordable housing or gun violence. The local government is broken, and the neglect and irresponsible spending of our leaders has disappointed many people in my district. Instead of prioritizing developers and other special interests, I will work hand-in-hand with each neighborhood in Southwest Tallahassee, Fort Braden and Woodville to develop our own strategic plan. Together, we will identify our collective concerns, the strategies we will use to address them, and the metrics by which we will assess progress.

Max Epstein

Age: 34

Occupation: Artist and researcher at the DeVoe Moore Center

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Science; stormwater expert with the Tallahassee Sewage and Wakulla Basin Advocacy Group; successful grant of $750,000 to the Frenchtown Cultural Art Center.

Website: maxforleon.com

Max Epstein

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: I am heavily involved with the City, County, ARC and Blueprint, exposing transparency issues, and most recently hired by the DeVoe Moore Center to review local government planning and use of eminent domain to build FAMU Way, and the first results are shocking. I fight for our historically black neighborhoods and communities — not special interests. By electing me, you will reduce government corruption, attract business investment, protect our natural resources, and work to provide much-needed infrastructure to our district. It’s time for 32304, 32310 and other zip codes to have a loud voice.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: The County Commission recently approved my proposal for a grant of up to $3 million in innovative technology that immediately cleans up toxic algae and slime that makes people and animals sick with respiratory distress, coughs, eczema, hospitalization and neurological symptoms . My One Water Leon’s proposal upgrades existing stormwater facilities and places Blueprint’s latest wetland treatment facility on the west side of the lake to act as a ‘kidney’, keeping the lake clean in the future. A huge win for Wakulla Springs in an effort to reduce the daily nitrogen load in Lake Munson…

Manny Joanos

Age: 65

Occupation: Leon County School Board employee working for Lively

Qualifications: Former Leon County Commissioner; owned and operated a local restaurant for 28 years and never missed a paycheck; working with schools in Leon County.

Website: mannyjoanos.com

Manny Joanos

Q: What makes you the ideal candidate to tackle the issues of the moment?

A: I believe I bring the most competent skills to help our community. My past experience in local government, my career as a local businessperson and my experience working with young people at Lively and Godby High School are proof of my passion and commitment to our community.

Q: If you could only accomplish one thing in the office, what would it be? (be specific)

A: I would like to help restore confidence and integrity in our local government. We can achieve this by making decisions more transparent and by working with local District 2 leaders to find measurable ways to improve government services to our community.

Contact Christopher Cann at [email protected] and follow @ChrisCannFL on Twitter.

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