City Commission Seat One Candidates Grilled at NEBA Luncheon

By: Deneige Broom; Eyewitness News Email
By: Deneige Broom; Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - May 8, 2012 - 5:13pm. -

Five people want to take over Tallahassee's City Commission Seat 1.

Steve Stewart, Scott Maddox, Daniel Parker, Delaitre Hollinger and Eric Friall have put their names in the mix.

Tuesday, four of them explained their views on some hot button issues.

The forum was on the agenda of the North East Business Association's (NEBA) luncheon.

One of the questions the men answered, was how they feel about county/city consolidation.

Parker said, "I think we have a lot of bigger fish to fry. If it makes sense and there are places in the city and county that are duplicitous, then we can look at it.

Stewart said, "I'll make sure to take the time and do the research to make sure we're providing the most cost effective government."

Hollinger said, "I don't believe that consolidation is necessarily the right approach at this time."

Maddox said, "I think it makes absolute sense to consolidate portions of the county and city government."

When the moderator asked this question, "Do you think the city commissioners who took money from deferred payments, should return the money to city coffers?" things heated up a bit.

Stewart mentioned that he had documentation showing Maddox rejected a measure, while he was mayor, that would require more financial disclosure documents.

"You're making the impression that I'm not ethical," responded Maddox. "I'm an ethical person and I take that personally."

During his next round at the podium, Stewart said to Maddox, "My issues are jobs, utilities and ethics. I didn't say you were unethical. I said you did not support increasing the financial disclosure requirements when you had a chance to as mayor."

The came Maddox again,"Dredge up an article from 1998, changed his mind already, who's the career politician?"

When discussing ethics, Parker said, "Being ethical is a full time job, not just as a city commissioner."

The real face off for the candidates will be on election day, August 14, 2012.

The seat is being vacated by Mark Mustian.

Eric Friall is the fifth candidate and wasn't at the forum. You can watch the entire forum, with the candidates' complete answers in the videos attached to this story.

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Tallahassee, Florida - May 8, 2012 - Noon -

Five people are running for Tallahassee's City Commission Seat One. Today, they'll be answering questions face to face in front of local business leaders.

Eyewitness News was at the Monroe Street Conference Center where the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates put the candidates to the test.

NEBA is hosting a luncheon, but also on the menu are five candidates: Eric Friall, Delaitre Hollinger, Scott Maddox, Daniel Parker and Steve Stewart. Each person will have three minutes to introduce themselves, then the moderator will ask four questions. They'll have one minute to respond.

We'll have that full story tonight on Eyewitness News.


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  • by Honest NEBA Member Location: Tallahassee on May 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    Delaitre Hollinger is the best choice for this job. he has not had time to earn favors to pay. He attends every meeting, and lets face it this young guy is very bright. The other candidates didn't start attending meetings until they decided to run.
  • by NEBA Observer Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Delaitre Hollinger is a young genius with the mind of a champion. Whil othrs attend meetings only because they have been elected, or to get elected. This man attends them because he cares about what is happening to our city. Tallahassee needs its own watchdog. Delaitre Hollinger is the candiudate to do just that.
  • by Concerned Voter Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    Delaitre Hollinger is the best candidate for this race. He is young and hs attended more meeting than most of our elected officials. That says a lot. No one was born understanding or knowing this job. He is informed, sincere, and has not had the time to be corrupted by , career, favor, and obligation. he is a young man with conviction. He understand the way the city works, and will work hard in my opinion to support the will of the people.
  • by anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    Does Scott Maddox and his family live in the city limits now? His past homestead exemptions are on his home in the county, not city. How did he qualify?
  • by Gary on May 8, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    Scott Maddox on ethics reform: "It's just another layer of bureaucracy". He will not be able to run from these words!!
  • by Val on May 8, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    Go Steve Stewart. Forget Scott Maddox as we don't need any more crooks.
  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on May 8, 2012 at 02:25 PM
    The only reason Scott Maddox is in this race, is he is afraid Steve Stewart might get the seat. Maddox has wasted about as much as the present mayor. If you recall, Maddox was ripping up and down the state, once in a new unmarked police car, at the other end of the state, and the only reason we know about it, he was caught for speeding, apparently, by an officer that was not part of the clique and now we all know. Taxpayer waste. He was constantly on the road from one end of the state to the other for name recognition to get his name in the pot for state office. Rung for governor didn't work, run for agriculture commissioner didn't work and now he is back to his old kiss up stomping ground to try to get back on the taxpayer dole again. And I say dole, because nothing he ever did while on the city seats was waste money. Enough. Go find a job in the private sector and do some real work.
  • by Mimke Location: Betton on May 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    Our local government is not perfect and we could seriously use a strong leader back at the helm, but these Tea Party folks at the Capitol have really done a number on our state government; thank goodness Tallahassee knows better
    • reply
      by Hmmm on May 8, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Mimke
      Oh yeah.....reducing the size of government is really "doing a number". And we wonder why a town full of government workers continues to vote in a bunch of cronies who would do nothing but pass confiscatory policies and spend money we don't have. Talk about doing a number.
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to Hmmm
        The Tea Party hasn't done a thing to reduce the size of government. Yes, they've succeeded in electing politicians who downsize State agency personnel trying to provide a service to state residents, but the Legislature, which is the key problem, is still the same size as is their staff. If they really want to make a different, look at cutting the Legislative budget and restructuring both chambers.
    • reply
      by Apparently... on May 8, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to Mimke
      ...you've totally missed, or decided to turn away from, our local bed of corruption.
    • reply
      by Mimke on May 8, 2012 at 09:10 PM in reply to Mimke
      I am talking about how great Tallahassee is or did you forget about: Lafayette / Tom Brown / Meadows, or did you forget about mid / east / downtown; did you forget about our schools and our first-responders—we have the best in the country…they are amazing. I hope you enjoy commuting to work because you are missing out. We have issues and we are ready for a strong leader again . EAD
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    Scott Maddox is so wrapped up in everything that is wrong with politics in this town and the statewide failure of the democratic party that he should be the poster boy for graft.
  • by John153 Location: Tallahassee on May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Just say "no" to Scott Maddox. He is part of the political establishment here in Tallahassee.
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