Newcomer Nick Maddox gave 16-year Leon County Commissioner Cliff Thaell a run for his money in the primary election, and the runoff At-Large, Group 2 race has been hot, and controversial ever since.
Thaell said, "My opponent, Nick Maddox, is associated with the Republican Party, the chairman of the Republican Party and the chairman of the Tea Party Group."
Maddox responded, "I'm not associated with the Tea Party. I'm a Democrat. I've been registered that way every since I decided to register when I was 21. I think that's something that my opponent can respect because he waited until he was 29 to register."
Thaell said, "He's never voted until this recent August when he presumably voted for himself. He didn't vote for Barack Obama."
Maddox said, "It's a mistake and one I'm not proud of. I don't believe that me not making it that day or not having a great voting record makes me unqualified."
In the August primary, Former FSU Football player and businessman Nick Maddox forced 16-year county commissioner Cliff Thaell into a runoff for the commission at-large, group 2 seat.
The race is one of the most talked about. But, much of that talk has been about things not on the ballot; such as the arrest of 45-year-old Mary Kathleen Harvey who was charged with illegally taping a 2009 conversation with Thaell.
Thaell said, "I've made that tape public on my website. It's 30 minutes of me listening to this woman complain about our probation office. I would challenge anybody to find something in those 30 minutes that I said that was inappropriate or wrong."
Maddox said, "I have heard the tape. There were some things on there that I thought offensive. But, I decided not to use it because I didn't feel like that's what this race should be about. This race should definitely be about the issues."
So where does each candidate stand on the issues facing Leon County voters?
Maddox said, "We have to work to make sure that we can help our private sector, our local small businesses. I think economic development incentives would be a good way to help those small businesses take in more employees and help our unemployment rate decrease."
Thaell said, "I've led the fight to bring high-tech quality jobs here. We're going to build a strong economy by focusing first on maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy here, having good roads, having good quality infrastructure, good libraries, good parks, good schools."
One is asking voters to make a courageous change. The other says he's a keeper.
Voters will decide on November 2nd.
For more detailed answers to a list of questions both candidates were asked, please click on the politics tab on the top of this website page and go down to "Local Candidate Profiles." There, you can also find Thaell and Maddox's biographies and links to their websites.
There is also information on other local candidates.