Endorsements

I am grateful for the broad community support I have received throughout my campaign.  Below are some of my top supporters and their reasons for supporting me.

This list will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back!

REV. RB HOLMES

Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

"Commissioner Bryant is very insightful, thoughtful, and  an inspirational servant leader. She has impeccable character, very unselfish with the gifts and resources that God has blessed her with. She will continue to serve her constituents with compassion, vision, and confidence.  I enthusiastically endorse her candidacy to continue to serve as our City Commissioner."

COMMISSIONER DIANNE WILLIAMS-COX

Tallahassee City Commissioner

"Dr. Elaine Bryant has proven that she has what it takes to help us move our city forward.  She served in leadership at the FDLE and she served as an Assistant Secretary at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice.  She also owns her own business and serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity.

Dr. Bryant currently serves as the Chair of the Blueprint Committee, which handles a lot of money moving through our community.  We need someone methodical and strategic to lead that effort, and Dr. Elaine Bryant is your candidate to do that."

MAYOR JOHN DAILEY

Mayor of Tallahassee

"Elaine has been a strong community advocate, a fighter for the changes we need in Tallahassee, and a consistent voice of reason.  In only 18 short months, Elaine has helped our city make some much-needed changes.

Elaine is a true leader who has served our community for years, but I've had the good fortune of watching her selfless service up close on the City Commission, and I know that her steady leadership and strong desire to usher in good change is what we need."

MARK O'BRYANT

President of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

"I have known Commissioner Bryant for many years and have learned to appreciate and trust her judgment. Elaine is a committed advocate for our citizens, putting the needs of others above her own. And she genuinely listens – a much needed but often missed trait in the world of politics. Elaine always seeks to understand the issues at hand prior to weighing in with her input. She exhibits mature leadership in every situation! It is this balanced and thoughtful approach that we need more than ever as Tallahassee looks to the future."

ANITA FAVORS

Former Tallahassee City Manager

“I have known Elaine Bryant for almost all of the 30 years I have lived in Tallahassee.  She is diligent about self-improvement, working always to expand her knowledge and perspectives.

She cares about people, with a special focus has been on youth.

She believes that nothing is impossible with good planning and hard work.

Her actions and thoughts are integrity based.  Period.

I believe Dr. Elaine Bryant is what Tallahassee needs to keep our community stable, where appropriate, and progressive, where necessary.”

CONGRESSMAN
AL LAWSON

FL-5

“It is my pleasure to endorse Dr. Elaine Bryant to continue to represent Tallahassee in her role as City Commissioner, Seat One.  I have known Elaine for over 20 years and have seen first hand her commitment to small businesses and all neighborhoods in our City. I plan to VOTE for Elaine Bryant—please join me and cast your VOTE for Elaine Bryant, City Commissioner, Seat One!"

STEVE EVANS

Leon County Sales Tax Committee Member, Small Business Mentor

“As someone who’s had the honor of knowing and working with Elaine for many years, I am so proud of her and her selfless commitment to the City of Tallahassee. 

Elaine brings integrity, balance, fairness and outstanding judgement to the many difficult issues we’re facing during these times. She’s tough, disciplined, and fair minded. When she takes a position, it’s as a result of having talked to many people and understanding all sides.

Finally, her positive leadership style is one of proactive and collaborative consensus building to address solutions to tough problems."

RON SACHS

Founder & CEO, Sachs Media Group

"Elaine Bryant is the perfect example of dedicated public service that we want reflected in our elected officials. I am proud to support her election because she has the experience, expertise, energy, and empathy to treat every day of public service as a public trust. She is a genuine leader whose considerable body of work speaks volumes about her ability to stand up, speak out, and fight for the right things on every issue that matters and affects our lives."

BEN CRUMP

Civil Rights Attorney

"I have been on the battlefront for some time fighting for the rights of the least of these. It is with the same spirit that I joyfully endorse Dr. Elaine Bryant to continue to serve in her role as City Commissioner, Seat One. I invite you to join me at the ballot box and Vote for Elaine Bryant. Her record as a leader in our community over the last 40 years underscores what she has done and her vision for the future of our city.  Black Lives Matter—Vote Elaine Bryant for City Commission, Seat One!"

REP. ALAN WILLIAMS

Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives

"I am proud to endorse Dr. Elaine Bryant to continue to serve our community as City Commissioner. She has served with great dignity and professionalism over the past two years and I believe we must extend the opportunity for her to build upon the progress that has been made.

Elaine has the proven leadership to help move our community forward and her commitment to the voiceless of our community that have been forgotten, she has been their voice.

In this year's election integrity is on the ballot; in this year's election the future of Tallahassee is on the ballot; and in this year's election Elaine Bryant is on the ballot."

CHRISTIC HENRY

Past President, Council of Neighborhood Associations

"In these polarizing times, more than ever we need experienced, balanced voices and representation on our City Commission.  I am supporting Elaine Bryant because she is a listener and will advocate for the kind of policies and resources that are intentionally appropriated and creates impact across all socioeconomic spectrums within our community.

 

I trust that Elaine will continue to use her platform to hear from authentic, legitimate voices from all sides of our community and vote for policies that are equitable, just and serve the best interests of all Tallahasseans."

SUPERINTENDENT ROCKY HANNA

Leon County Superintendent of Schools

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Bryant for many years now dating back to our time working on the Board for Capital City Youth Services. She is an amazing leader with a heart for service to others. Elaine was placed on the City Commission in a time of need and has done an outstanding job.  I am proud to call her my friend!"

SEAN SHAW

Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives

"I've known Elaine a long time and she is the kind of politician we want to keep in office.  She is someone who is rooted in community service and rooted in the community. We should be happy that someone like Elaine is willing to serve us on the City Commission and I offer my support and my endorsement to her."

KATE KILE

Local Group Leader, Moms Demand Action

"I am happy to endorse Commissioner Elaine Bryant for Tallahassee City Commission.  Commissioner Bryant has an incredible portfolio of relevant experience for the issues facing Tallahassee today as well as the strategic vision to help us identify and implement meaningful solutions for tomorrow.  I especially appreciate her thoughtful approach, professional and calm demeanor, and servant's heart for ALL Tallahassee residents."

REV. ERNEST FERRELL

Past President, Tallahassee Urban League

"It is my joy to endorse Elaine Bryant to continue to serve our community as City Commissioner.  I have know her for many years and she has served our community as a member of the Urban League Board of Directors in prior years and many other service organizations. She is my candidate to continue to serve in Seat One!"

REV. JOSEPH WRIGHT

Pastor, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church

"It is with great joy that I endorse Dr. Elaine Bryant to retain her seat as City Commissioner, Seat One.  She has served our community faithfully over the last two years. Commissioner Bryant has the experience and commitment to Southside neighborhoods as reflected in her votes to support funding for our communities."

DR. JUDY MANDRELL

Host of Real Talk with Judy

"Our City needs wisdom, strategic planning and a mature mind to continue moving our city forward. I have observed Commissioner Elaine Bryant in so many different platforms and I highly admire her ability to think things through and add concrete obtainable goals and accountability to every plan.  I am confident and truly persuaded that during these uncertain, unstable and scary times, Commissioner Elaine Bryant must continue to be a part of our City Commission."

DR. CONNIE EVANS

Civil Rights Activist

""It is my pleasure to endorse Elaine Bryant to continue to serve in her role as City Commissioner, Seat One. She has been in the fabric of our community for over 40 years making a difference in our neighborhoods across Tallahassee. She worked with my late husband, Dr. Charles Evans during his tenure as the President of the NAACP. I plan to VOTE for Elaine and I hope you will join me!"

MICKEY CLAYTON

Former FAMU Basketball Coach & Faculty Member

"You have people who spend lifetimes trying to recreate themselves to become more trustworthy and people-oriented. They search for the will to serve and to be of greater service to others.  These are just a couple of guiding principles that are prominent within Elaine Bryant. Re-elect her as your Tallahassee City Commissioner."

KEITH BOWERS

Affordable Housing & Community Development Consultant

"Commissioner Elaine Bryant is truly a servant leader concerned with the well-being and quality of life for all of the citizens of Tallahassee.  She brings integrity, accountability, and passion to City Hall."

TALETHIA EDWARDS

President, Greater Bond Neighborhood Association

"I am confident in Commissioner Bryant as a leader and community member. I have witnessed firsthand her commitment to distressed neighborhoods like the Bond community with her vote to approve a $6.4M investment to revitalize the area. I witnessed as she silently met needs for families in the community during the COVID- 19 pandemic. If this is not enough, her long time professional career as a strategic planner is what we need to continue being proactive and progressive in moving Tallahassee forward."

PASTOR DARRICK MCGHEE

Chair, United Way of the Big Bend

"For over 40 years, Elaine Bryant has been a community public servant in our beloved Tallahassee.  Along with being known as a person of great integrity, honorable character, an unapologetic Christian, she is also a forward-thinking leader.  For the past two years, she has served with distinction as the appointed City Commissioner for Seat 1, and now deserves the vote of confidence of the electorate as the elected City Commissioner."

JAY SMITH

Vice President, Ajax Building Corp & United Way Board Member

"I’ve known Elaine for years and marveled at her purposeful approach to challenges.  She possesses the type of leadership our City needs in these evolving times.  I’ll look forward to the future she will help bring to our community."

ELIZABETH ROSARIO

Management Executive & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

"A connection created while we sat on a bus talking about ways to get our youth educated and out of the cycles of poverty and crime. From there deep admiration, respect and a great friendship was formed.

Elaine is a strong and independent woman ready to listen to our community. A woman who thinks outside the box. She has demonstrated great leadership in her life and during her time as commissioner has stepped up to new challenges.

I am honored to call Elaine my friend and I fully trust her decision making and ability to get things done."

NICOLE EVERETT

Host, Conversations with Nicole

"Elaine is a thoughtful leader who has strived to make the City of Tallahassee more accountable and govern more strategically. She is a loyal and dedicated community champion with a heart for serving the people."

TIM MOORE

Former Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

"I have had the privilege of knowing Elaine Bryant for 30+ years in both a professional capacity and as a friend!  I personally recruited Elaine to join FDLE as our Chief of Human Resource Development in the 1980s and we worked together for a number of years. During that time, I had the opportunity to directly observe and witness her leadership ability and decision making skills.

Without a doubt, these are the leadership skills and experience we need during these difficult times to provide service to our community with integrity, respect, and quality! Commissioner Bryant's steady hand has proven she can do just that!"

ALTHEMESE BARNES

Founder, John G. Riley Center & Museum of African American History

"Elaine is matured, strategic, equipped with diverse training and experience, and is a person of integrity who knows the community, governmental structures, and systems. For over 30 years she has demonstrated quality leadership combined with the wisdom to listen and make sound decisions.

These are characteristics Commissioner Elaine Bryant brought to the office and are needed still to maintain integrity and to help ensure that our City operates with professionalism, civility and sincerity of purpose."

REGGIE BOUTHILLIER

Attorney

"We are blessed to have Elaine Bryant serve our community as a City Commissioner, Seat 1.  Dr. Bryant is a thoughtful and trustworthy leader, with an amazing, diverse background of experience, and a long track record of serving our community.  Elaine Bryant is the most qualified person for this position, and will continue to work hard to serve our entire community.  I fully endorse Commissioner Bryant and ask that you support her campaign and vote to keep her in this vital role."

PAULA DEBOLES-JOHNSON

Founder, Capital City Youth Development Corporation

"Our community has had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming elections. Elaine's pragmatic, honest, and solutions-oriented insights regarding what our community needs and her willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public's concerns sets her far apart from the other candidates.

Experience and community connections matter and I am happy to extend my support to her campaign."

VIRGINIA DAILEY

Attorney & Board Member, Children's Home Society

"I strongly endorse Commissioner Elaine Bryant for the City Commission. I knew Elaine before she began serving on the Commission, through her service with her church, community projects and with Leadership Tallahassee. She is a positive, enthusiastic leader who always looks to how we can all do better. She is also a servant leader - throughout this pandemic, she has been serving food and meals to children and families in need, among many other activities. I look forward to seeing what she can do in our City in the future."

DR. KAWANA JOHNSON

University Internships & Career Services Director

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Elaine W. Bryant for 12 years and can truly say that she always exemplifies excellence through her passion, purpose, and principled leadership. Her faith and genuine love for helping others succeed makes her a rare jewel that this community is blessed to have in its midst!"

CHERYL ANDERSON

Partner & Vice President, Fuel Media

"With so many issues impacting our nation and neighborhoods we need elected officials with critical decision making skills and proven leadership in our city government.  I have known Elaine W. Bryant for over 20 years and have continually witnessed her true desire and commitment to put others first. Now is not the time for on the job training, we need proven and tested leadership. We need Elaine W. Bryant on the Tallahassee City Commission.”

CHERRY HALL ALEXANDER

Community Advocate

"As a longtime community advocate, I am proud to endorse Elaine Bryant for the City Commission.  My son, Representative Ramon Alexander, and I have worked alongside Elaine for many years on issues impacting our community.  Elaine has the experience, vision, and dedication to continue to make a real impact on the City Commission.

I hope that you will join me in voting for Elaine Bryant on August 18."

JAMI COLEMAN

Pres. of Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee & Sec. of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend

"Dr. Bryant is a servant leader. She not only has the experience, but she has the heart to serve her community and has been doing so for more than 40 years. Just this year, she raised over $19,000 to help 15 families with supplies and resources that were hit the hardest due to COVID-19.  Dr. Bryant has been recognize as one of Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know, and she was selected out of 93 applicants and appointed to Tallahassee City’s Commission. She is the right ONE. I am so inspired by her integrity throughout this campaign, her leadership in our community,  and her service to the least of us. She is an unsung hero to me,  so it is with great pride that I stand with her and in support of her for City Commission Seat 1."

CHERYL BROWN

Frenchtown Community Activist

"I'm standing with Elaine. Join me!

Elaine has proven her commitment to our community, join me in standing with her."

GROW TALLAHASSEE

"After reviewing Commissioner Elaine Bryant’s voting record, her platform, and the platforms of the other candidates in the race, Grow Tallahassee endorses Commissioner Bryant’s bid for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1. Commissioner Bryant has first-hand experience as a small business owner, investing time and effort to build a company from the ground up. Furthermore, her 40-year investment in our community, her professional background and extensive experience in workforce development, combined with her support for progressive, inclusive growth in Tallahassee make her the best choice for the Tallahassee City Commission."

TALLAHASSEE BUILDERS
ASSOCIATION

"The Political Action Committee of the Tallahassee Builders Association has endorsed Elaine Bryant for City Commission, Seat 1, in the August 18 Primary contest and encourages our members to vote for you."

TALLAHASSEE
PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS
BIG BEND POLICE
BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
TALLAHASSEE BOARD
OF REALTORS
CURT BENDER

Local Business Owner

"Public servants like Commissioner Elaine Bryant have convinced me that keeping exceptional leaders in office is just as critical as electing good leaders.  Dr. Bryant's background as an entrepreneur as well as an advocate for transparency in juvenile justice and law enforcement is exactly what our community needs yesterday, today, and tomorrow, too."