1997 Tallahassee mayoral election
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Nominee Scott Maddox Charles Billings Anita L. Davis
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First-round vote 10,405 6,258 4,973
First-round percentage 48.07% 38.53% 22.98%
Second-round vote 11,100 10,546
Second-round percentage 51.28% 48.72%

Mayor before election

Scott Maddox
Nonpartisan

Elected Mayor

Scott Maddox
Nonpartisan

The 1997 Tallahassee mayoral election was held on February 4 and February 25, 1997 to elect the Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida.[1] It was the first election since 1919 that the post of the mayor was directly elected.

Incumbent mayor Scott Maddox was elected by the City Commission to serve as the mayor of Tallahassee in 1995. Following November 1996 referendum where citizens of Tallahassee approved popular elections for mayors.[2] The first round of voting was held on February 4, 1997 between Maddox, Charles Billings, and Anita L. Davis.

A runoff was held on February 25, 1997 where Maddox gathered over 51% of the vote defeating Billings, thus becoming the direct-mayor elect.[3]

Results

1997 Tallahassee mayoral election (first round)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Scott Maddox (incumbent) 10,405 48.07
Nonpartisan Charles Billings 6,258 38.53
Nonpartisan Larry Hendricks 4,973 22.98
1997 Tallahassee mayoral election (runoff)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Scott Maddox (incumbent) 11,100 51.28
Nonpartisan Charles Billings 10,546 48.72

References

  1. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Tallahassee, Florida". politicalgraveyard.com.
  2. ^ https://www.boarddocs.com/fla/talgov/Board.nsf/files/9L9JND4B628E/$file/A-Community Profile.pdf
  3. ^ Schweers, Jeffrey. "From 'Boy Mayor' to 44 counts: The career arc of Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox". Tallahassee Democrat.
  4. ^ a b "Leon County Supervisor of Elections > Records, Data & Maps > Past Election Results List > 1997 Elections". www.leonvotes.org.