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2018 Tallahassee mayoral election
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← 2014 August 28, 2018 (first round)
November 6, 2018 (second round)
2022 →
Turnout32.76% (first round)
38.19% (second round)
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Nominee John E. Dailey Dustin R. Daniels
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First-round vote 17,369 11,098
First-round percentage 39.72% 25.38%
Second-round vote 41,316 39,072
Second-round percentage 51.4% 48.6%

Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda official portrait.jpg
Nominee Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda Carrie Litherland
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First-round vote 9,137 2,789
First-round percentage 20.89% 6.38%

Mayor before election

Andrew Gillum

Elected Mayor

John E. Dailey

The 2018 Tallahassee mayoral election took place on August 28 and November 6, 2018, to elect the Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida.

Incumbent mayor Andrew Gillum decided to focus his campaign on the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election instead of seeking re-election which opened up a new seat for the mayor’s office. A blanket primary was held on August 28 with both John E. Dailey and Dustin R. Daniels receiving the most votes.[1] Because neither the candidate received a majority, a run-off election was held on November 8. From there, Dailey defeated Daniels by a close margin of 51% to 49%.[2]






First round

2018 Tallahassee mayoral election results (first round)[13]
Candidate Votes %
John E. Dailey 17,369 39.72
Dustin R. Daniels 11,098 25.38
Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda 9,137 20.89
Carrie Litherland 2,789 6.38
Joe West 1,758 4.02
Mike Suarez 2,462 5.06
Norris H. Barr 1,579 3.61
Total votes 43,730


2018 Tallahassee mayoral election results (runoff)[14]
Candidate Votes %
John E. Dailey 41,316 51.4
Dustin R. Daniels 39,072 48.6
Total votes 53,159


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  13. ^ "Summary Results - Election Night Reporting".
  14. ^ "Leon County, Tallahassee election results 2020 | Tallahassee Democrat".