While Leon County is a great place to live for so many, we can do better. The same old way of doing things will not improve the lives of everyone in our community and will not bring us to a better future. I’ll bring a people-focused approach to growing our economy equitably and protecting our neighborhoods — not subsidizing developers and big donors with precious taxpayer resources.
When so many struggle to get by and the same long-standing problems continue to plague our community, it’s time for new leadership dedicated to putting our community’s needs first and pursuing new, innovative solutions to old problems.
Everyone deserves dignity, respect, and peace of mind from knowing that your community will support you when you need help. As your County Commissioner, I promise to serve with integrity, inclusion, and a solution-focused mindset that will bring positive progress to our community.
On Tuesday, roughly a quarter of the votes in a razor-thin race went to all four candidates vying for the seat. Political newcomers David O'Keefe and Paula DeBoles-Johnson amassed enough votes to qualify for a run-off in November's general election.
They make it easy - click on candidate names at this link to view their contribution reports.
Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:03 PM
Our campaign is making the 2022 Carbon Neutral Campaign Pledge
I, David O’Keefe, pledge to run a carbon neutral campaign by including carbon reduction strategies in our daily activities, tracking our carbon footprint, and offsetting our carbon footprint with investments in programs that mitigate the impact of carbon emissions on the environment.
Please note: As a 501(c)3 organization, Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc. does not endorse political candidates or campaigns. Candidates who commit to carbon neutrality may receive technical assistance from Sustainable Tallahassee upon request, but this assistance should not be viewed as an endorsement of those candidates by the organization.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:57 PM
Endorsement: Florida NOW (National Organization for Women) PAC
The race to represent Leon County Commission District 5 is a toss up as four candidates vie for the vacant seat.
They made their pitches to voters and fielded questions Tuesday in a joint forum hosted by the Tallahassee Democrat, WFSU and the League of Women Voters. The incumbent, County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, is running for Tallahassee Mayor.
The district stretches from downtown Tallahassee east to the Jefferson County line bordered by Mahan Drive and Tram Road.
Four candidates are vying for the Leon County commission seat Kristin Dozier is leaving to run for mayor after three terms. Moderators from WFSU, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the League of Women Voters asked candidates about the major issues facing Leon County.
TALLAHASSEE, FL — David O’Keefe, Candidate for County Commissioner District 5, is humbled to have received the endorsements of former Tallahassee Mayor and City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey, and former County Commissioner Cliff Thaell.
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Candidate for County Commissioner David O’Keefe has successfully qualified by petition, officially becoming the first candidate on the ballot in the August 23rd primary election in County District 5...
David O'Keefe, 36, has had a burden lifted. His $20,000 worth of student loans were wiped out under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. He had been making payments for 10 years.
He left his job as an accountant and decided to run for county commissioner in Tallahassee, Florida — something he said wouldn't have been a possibility without his loan forgiveness.
"I think for a lot of people in my generation, feeling useful and having a sense of purpose is very important," O'Keefe said. "But it's very difficult to do with the realities of our financial situation."
Take a few minutes to complete the internet speed test and take the internet survey in the text of this email from Leon County. We know we have to improve reliable broadband internet service in our community and this info will help us do that. Thank you - David
On February 24, 2022 the Blueprint Board approved a $27 million handout for maintenance on the FSU Stadium. Remember this vote when they say we can’t afford affordable housing, we cannot afford to improve our neighborhoods, we cannot afford to help our neighbor, and we cannot afford to fix the biggest problems in our community. What they really mean is we cannot afford to help the people with the leftover crumbs after their projects get funded first! They get the first dibs on our money, and the people get the crumbs.
Community Leaders hold a press conference to stand against giving a $27 million handout to FSU for the Doak Campbell Stadium. The people of Tallahassee are making it clear — giving FSU $27 million of our sales tax dollars for a stadium is simply wrong. It’s all about priorities.
On January 25, 2022, the Leon County Commission will consider a proposed ordinance to curb panhandling and other public nuisances. While this problem needs addressing, the proposed ordinance only adds new laws and criminal penalties. Criminalizing a problem does not fix the problem. Vote No and send it back to the drawing board.