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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