Race for Leon County Commissioner At-Large, Seat One

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - August 14, 2012

Leon County Commissioner at Large, Akin Akinyemi, faced opposition for re-election in Tuesday's primary election.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Akinyemi received 33 percent of the vote. Emily Fritz received18 percent. 25 percent of voters chose Mary Ann Lindley. And Fred Varn pulled in 24 percent.

That means the incumbent, Akinyemi, and Lindley are headed to a runoff on November 6th.

Akinyemi and Lindley will be heading for the runoff in what was one of the most hotly contested races of the day.

To put into perspective just how close this one was, Akinyemi got 33 percent of the vote and Lindley got 25 percent of the vote. They're in because they were the top 2. But Fred Varn just missed with 24 percent of the vote, and Emily Fritz took home 18 percent of the vote.

Both Akinyemi and Lindley will have to wait until November 6th to find out if voters will choose the incumbent or the new candidate.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 14, 2012

The Leon County Commission at-Large Seat One is currently held by Commission Chair Akin Akinyemi and is the county's only contested seat in the primary. Akinyemi is seeking his second term and is being challenged by Emily Fritz, Mary Ann Lindley, and Fred Varn.

Akinyemi is hoping to grab 50 percent of the vote, as are all the candidates, to avoid a runoff election. Akinyemi said his first term has been highlighted by establishing Veteran programs and good land use deals through rough budget times.

Emily Fritz touts herself as a fiscal conservative. She wants to improve the business climate in Tallahassee and protect residents at home in their neighborhoods

Mary Ann Lindley has been living and writing about Tallahassee for more than 30 years. She says she knows the area and knows how to solve the problems around here.

And finally Fred Varn. Varn comes with more than 10 years of experience on the Leon County Schoolboard and now works with Rickards High School. If elected he has promised to donate his entire 2013 salary to scholarships for Leon County School Children.

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