Tallahassee City Commission candidate for Seat 5, Shelby Green, talked with Steve Stewart on Real Talk 93.3 on July 7 to discuss her campaign and important issues Tallahassee is currently facing.
Green graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Florida State University in 2020. She is currently working with the Energy and Policy Institute to research how utilities evade accountability and climate responsibility.
“They’re not doing their job,” Green said when she was asked why she decided to run, “and because they aren’t doing their job, that is going to impact our communities. I’m specifically talking about black communities, low-income communities, communities that I am a part of.”
The issue that lit her fire was the city’s termination of the utility moratorium last year. She explained that she researched the issue and went to the city many times with her concerns; however, despite her best efforts, nothing ever came of it.
When Green was asked what issues she hears most talked about by citizens, she stated the price of gas tops the list, followed by affordable housing.
Green emphasized that the issue she is most concerned about is how Tallahassee is growing and the impacts of that growth regarding affordability and displacement. She suggested that currently, Tallahassee is growing in an “inequitable way,” in that the primary focus of development is on the northeast side of town.
Stewart asked Green’s views on extending the urban service area for more development. “I think it’s tricky,” she said, that on the one hand, you want to expand urban services, but on the other hand, “We already have property that is available and vacant that should be built on before we expand city limits and services….I want to see more investment in what we already have.”
Green is also concerned with public trust, poverty, and gun violence.
Also, Green discussed the vote by Blueprint that gave funds to FAMU and FSU stadiums. She explained that the funds shouldn’t have gone to the universities. Instead, economic development funds should go “toward public investment” such as infrastructure and local or small businesses, and the city should not be “relying on FSU and other institutions to provide jobs.”
“Dianne Williams-Cox has become complacent,” Green said when asked what makes her different from other candidates. “Because of her complacency and she does not have adequate knowledge about what the job entails, she has allowed outsiders to influence her vote.”
Lastly, Green said she represents the “will of the people” and is not afraid to talk about the “truth of what it means to live in Tallahassee, facing the economic and residential segregation that we have here.” She said that she is “committed to providing solutions through policy.”
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Green states, “Dianne Williams-Cox has become complacent,” Green said, “Because of her complacency and she does not have adequate knowledge about what the job entails, she has allowed outsiders to influence her vote.”
Green is right about that!
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