By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 30, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Senator Bill Montford is speaking out after speculation that he is considering a run for Mayor of Tallahassee.
"It's really a tough decision not only for me personally, but it's a tough decision when I balance the needs of Senate District Three. The Senate deserves my full attention right now. So, I'm totally focused on the work here in the Florida Senate," he said.
Montford came into the spotlight Monday after Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer announced he was pulling his bid for mayor and would not seek reelection for a spot on the commission. Ziffer said he would support Montford for the post if he decided to run.
Ziffer said he believes Montford could help clear the cloud that looms over City Hall following an ongoing FBI investigation and numerous ethics complaints made last year.
"If our Senator Bill Montford chooses to run, I think he's the kind of person who can redirect people, because he won't be involved with all what's happened. He'll be somebody in the future," he said.
Montford is currently serving a term in the Florida Senate that lasts through 2020. He previously served on the Leon County Commission and as Superintendent of Leon County Schools, and was also a local teacher.
He said the momentum has built quickly, with discussions on the topic happening over the last few weeks. He also said colleagues in Tallahassee have reached out, pushing him to make a bid.
"This is not a simple decision for me personally, but it has such an impact on the City of Tallahassee and Senate District Three," said Montford. "And that's what is weighing heavy on my mind. So I hope to make a decision as soon as I have time to think about it. Right now I'm totally focused on Senate work and so it's hard to even think about anything else."