County Commission District 2

The Leon County Democratic Environmental Caucus supports Christian Caban.

For the primary, we endorsed Max Epstein and Will Crowley, but neither made it to the runoff.  One Democrat, Christian Caban, made it to the runoff and he’s on the November ballot.  

Christian spoke to our members on October 6.  He says he‘s lived in District 2 since 2011, when he came to Tallahassee to attend FSU.  He earned a degree in chemistry, but it seems the education that most affected his future was working his way through college at the Duval Hotel.  That led to jobs managing bars, opportunities to invest in bars and restaurants, and remarkable business success at only age 30.  His volunteer work includes being on the board of the Downtown Redevelopment Commission and the board of the Children’s Home Society and fundraising for Second Harvest.  He says his interest in serving on the county commission flowed from his desire to see District 2 prosper.  

Christian disclaims expertise in the environment, but he’s learning, in part from his former opponent in this race, Max Epstein.  He’s attending Lake Munson advocacy meetings and Woodville septic to sewer meetings.  He wants to clean up Lake Munson and he wants to fix the systemic problems that led to its pollution.  He supports septic to sewer.  He wants a transition to clean energy to fight climate change.  And he objects to millions being spent in better off places before the area of greatest need is taken care of.  

We have qualms about the support he’s getting from Grow Tallahassee and many developers.  He says he’s made no promises to donors, and he believes his ability to talk to all parties, from the people who live on Lake Munson, to the business interests supporting him, will be an advantage.  His loyalty as commissioner, he says, will be to the people and the environment of District 2.

It’s impossible to know what any candidate will actually do once elected.  But we think Christian Caban is a good bet to do what he says he will do and be an excellent commissioner.  We support Christian Caban for County Commission District 2.