Another Contender Joins Race for Tallahassee Mayor

By: Julie Montanaro
May 30, 2017

Longtime public relations professional Bob Lotane filed papers Tuesday to run for Tallahassee mayor. 

This is Lotane's first run for public office. 

"I've never done this before. I've worked in and around politics, but actually being on this side of things is different, so I'm a little nervous. It's brand new ... but I'm very excited," Lotane said. 

He says among his top priorities is trying to address a food desert on the city's South side and give folks better access to groceries and fresh foods. 

Lotane says he also wants to examine the mayor's budget and consider ways to trim it. 

"I hope they (voters) see a person who respects the taxpayer dollar. I believe in government. I believe government can make a difference, but I also believe that if you take a dollar out of the taxpayer's wallet you darn well make sure you spend it carefully as if it were your own,"" Lotane said. 

Lotane worked as spokesman for both the Florida CFO and the Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation before moving to the private sector. He currently serves as Vice President of Hill + Knowlton Strategies. 

The 58 year old survived a near fatal bout with West Nile virus in 2014. 

The only other candidate in the race right now is Erik David, a veteran and martial arts instructor listing his priorities as increasing the minimum wage, reforming the criminal justice system and focusing on renewable energy. 

"I look forward to reading Mr. Lotane's policy proposals and speaking with him regarding his vision for Tallahassee moving forward," David said.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 30, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Another contender is throwing his hat into the ring to run for mayor of Tallahassee.

Tuesday morning, Bob Lotane officially filed to run for mayor at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Lotane has served as the Board Chair of the local American Red Cross chapter.

He joins Army veteran and Florida State University student Erik David in the race to succeed current Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Article originally posted on the WCTV.

Kelsey Lehtomaa