Tallahassee City Commission, Seat 3 Fundraising Analysis as of February 2022, Rendering by Our Tallahassee.
City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow listens during Seminole Boosters vote during the February 24th, Blueprint Meeting. Photo by Ryan Rezaian, Our Tallahassee
If money is the mother’s milk of politics — as former California Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh famously said — then the race for Tallahassee City Commission – Seat 3 is starting to resemble a freezer full of the stuff – a very large freezer.
Two candidates in the race, Jeremy Matlow and David Bellamy, have already raised over $270,000 combined, as the story is being written, and have spent roughly $14,000 each.
While there are still months to go in the race (if no one else enters the race could be decided in the primary election in August) there are some interesting trends developing based on campaign finance reports.
David Bellamy huddles with Political Consultant Greg James, who is also a Pastor, and Mayor John Dailey. Photo by Our Tallahassee.
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Unless the Rule has changed, if there are only Two Candidates in a Race, they will NOT be on the Primary Ballot. That’s how it was when I ran against Mary Ann Lindley back in 2016.
“Influential State Lobbyists Showing Clear Interest in David Bellamy over Jeremy Matlow.”
This tells me that they know Matlow is not a Push Over or a Puppet that will do what THEY want. When Jack Campbell and Mayor Daily say that Matlow has to go and they need to find someone that will help them, and then Bellamy pops up with over $60K in contributions in his first month with many of them being $1,000 coming from Businesses and Lobbyists, that says a LOT to me, Campbell and Daily found their Puppet.
Dailey and Bellamy are FOR Blueprint infrastructure dollars going to FSU Stadium seats… they are fooling no one and their chances of successful campaigns…ZERO.
Money no longer matters, in fact this was proven in the recent races in Virginia and New Jersey; voters find Mega/Special Interests donors obscene and vulgar and are voting for integrity, experience, and Humanity.
Bellamy made a critical error if he wanted to be successful in politics and if he really wanted to make a change he should have challenged DAILEY.
I will purchase my next luxury vehicle in Jacksonville, Sarasota, or Thomasville.
Bellamy and Dailey are riding the wave of the Chamber Cultists and the Sky Box owners at FSU and this will not translate into the votes. Voters are outraged after the recent Blueprint vote and will come out in force.
The race for Mattlow and Daily seats are setting up further and more distinctive devision in our community. It’s not a case of Democrats vs Republicans, it’s a decision business as usual vs ethical (transparent) government. Our voters need to support the latter!
Regarding Matlow’s seat. What’s the last date a Republican can file to run for it? If Doc Shillamy causes a voting split between Dems, couldnt a Repub puppet win it just on party lines without spending much. I won’t be surprised if that’s what has been planned all along.
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