Damon Victor nets two endorsements in Leon County Commission race

'Damon Victor’s not about smooth talk and empty promises. He’ll be there for you when the hard choices come.'

Leon County Commission District 3 candidate Damon Victor announced he has received two endorsements from former local elected officials.

Victor is currently one of two candidates running to unseat incumbent County Commissioner Rick Minor. He has been endorsed by former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff and former Tallahassee Mayor and City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey.

The candidate was a vocal opponent of the $27 million Blueprint allocation to Florida State University for Doak Campbell stadium renovations, a position Rackleff and Lightsey both championed. Minor originally supported the funding, but changed his mind and opposed it near the end of 2021.

Lightsey said Victor has the leadership skills to serve on the Commission.

“Damon’s not about smooth talk and empty promises. He’ll be there for you when the hard choices come,” Lightsey said.

Debbie Lightsey endorsed Leon County Commission candidate Damon Victor in his race against Commissioner Rick Minor.

Rackleff said Victor is committed to working for the community.

“Damon Victor has a genuine commitment to solving our community’s real problems — affordable housing for minimum-wage families, access to decent health care and disparate impact of violent crime, to name a few,” Rackleff said. “He’s ready to listen. And you won’t have to lobby him to do the right thing.”

Victor is the third candidate Bob Rackleff has endorsed this election cycle.

He is not the only candidate the two have endorsed. They both have also thrown their names behind Leon Commission candidate Josh Johnson and Tallahassee City Commission candidate Adner Marcelin, who are both looking to unseat incumbents.

In a statement to Florida Politics, Victor said the two former elected officials have helped mentor him through the campaign process. He said Rackleff taught him how to canvas, and Lightsey hasn’t pulled any punches while giving him advice.

“I am so grateful to have seasoned veterans of the City and County Commissions upon whom I can rely to share the values of doing the right thing and delivering for the people of Leon County,” Victor said.

Currently, Victor is second in the race in fundraising, but is leading the group in campaign spending.

Victor, who is registered to vote with no party affiliation, said his support from registered Democrats and successful fundraising as a first-time candidate signals growing discontent within the party system of Leon County.

“Common sense transcends party lines. Our community must transcend its self-imposed limitations so we can improve the quality of life for everybody,” he said.

The candidates will be on the ballot during the Aug. 23 Primary.

Tristan Wood

Tristan Wood graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a degree in Journalism. A South Florida native, he has a passion for political and accountability reporting. He previously reported for Fresh Take Florida, a news service that covers the Florida Legislature and state political stories operating out of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. You can reach Tristan at [email protected], or on Twitter @TristanDWood


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