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Marks Undecided on Political Future

By: Garin Flowers, Matt Galka Email
By: Garin Flowers, Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL -- Tallahassee Commissioner Andrew Gillum filed official paperwork Wednesday to run for mayor in 2014.

Current mayor John Marks has been in office since 2003, the same year that Gillum was elected as the youngest city commissioner ever in Tallahassee. Mayor Marks said he hasn't had the chance to think about his own political future but did praise Gillum's work on the commission.

"He would make a great mayor, as a matter of fact, there's no question about that. I just want to take an opportunity if I can to step back, take a look at things, and determine whether or not what I want to do is appropriate," said Marks.

Gillum said he informed the mayor of his plans before he officially decided to run.

"The mayor is probably thinking about what his next move is going to be, but as I expressed to him and I expressed to my other coleagues, this isn't about one individual, this is about making the city of Tallahassee the place we all want it to be," said Gillum.

Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, who sits with Gillum and current Mayor John Marks on the commission, says he's backing Gillum in his quest for the top seat.

"Oh I'm a big supporter of Andrew Gillum for the mayor of the city of Tallahassee. I think his time has come I think he'll make a great mayor. He's got the expertise, he's got the longevity, he's got the knowledge of what it's like to be a part of this city and yet he's still young," said Ziffer.

Commissioner Scott Maddox said he wouldn't rule out his own run for the mayor's seat, but will focus on his duties as commissioner for now.


Tallahassee city commissioner Andrew Gillum has confirmed he will run for mayor of Tallahassee in 2014.

Gillum filed the paperwork Wednesday and even tweeted a picture from the supervisor of elections office.

Gillum has been on the city commission for more than 10 years.

He was the youngest commissioner ever elected at just 23-years-old and was a college student at the time.

"We've been working to make this local government and our community accessible, diverse and improving the quality of life for all citizens no matter what side of town you live on. I've taken a lot of joy in doing that," Gillum said.

We reached out to Mayor John Marks for comment, but he has not returned calls at this time.


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