The Tallahassee O Website | Celebrating Its One-Year Anniversary of Exposing Government and Corporate Corruption to the Public by Endorsing New Candidates For a Better Leon County and Tallahassee

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The Tallahassee O, Tallahassee’s Source for News and Information from Which Traditional Local Media are Hiding, Announces its Endorsements for Tuesday’s Local elections.

Just over a year ago, a new muckraker, The Tallahassee O (, came online as the newest member of the Freedom of the Press Group. Now the Tally O is celebrating its groundbreaking debut by announcing its endorsements for this Tuesday’s local election.

In its first year, The Tallahassee O quickly earned its place among online guardians of the Public Trust, reporting on stories of public corruption too controversial for the likes of traditional local media outlets. Contributors to The Tallahassee O include insiders and outsiders, with pieces on the website shared and written by civil rights activists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, professors, freelance reporters, and others looking to expose and reform Tallahassee/Leon County government corruption.

With extensive coverage of local stories like the alleged vehicular homicide of a thirteen-year-old and string of crimes like the David Mays murder; expert commentary on public allegations of cover-up leveled against LCSO and State Attorney's Office; and the publication of a series written by Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies that gave the public its first-ever shocking look inside the culture of LCSO, The Tallahassee O has become a trusted watchdog with a reputation for not only taking on the establishment, but winning, time and again.

As a catalyst in Tallahassee/Leon County’s citizen push to clean the local government of its seemingly endless public corruption problem, The Tallahassee O Media Group has stood at the center of the groundswell of public support for sweeping local change at the ballot box during the November 6th, 2012 Election. And to celebrate its First Anniversary working to restore integrity to local government, The Tallahassee O announces its local political candidate endorsements, presenting a slate of candidates focusing on ethics, competence, and common sense this November 6th: Barbara Hobbs for Circuit Court Judge, Lisa Sprague for Sheriff, Pete Williams for State Attorney, Steve Stewart for City Commissioner, Sabrina Allen for Superintendent of Schools, and Mary Ann Lindley for County Commissioner.

With seasoned, forward-thinking Lisa Sprague running for Sheriff, Leon County has the perfect choice to bring honor back to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office after recent news stories of falsified claims of educational and military records and the discovery that public funds have been wasted by the millions. Likewise, former Statewide Prosecutor Pete Williams is the favorite among local voters and endorsed by The Tallahassee Democrat and PBA. Transparency proponent Steve Stewart is the obvious choice over an opponent of questionable dealings and reputation for doubletalk. And Barbara Hobbs’ even-handed manner appears to make her much better suited to administer justice.

One frequent contributor to The Tallahassee O is Dr. Erwin Jackson (, who has become a local hero by virtue of his tireless work educating the public—and the United States Department of Justice—about the evidence he has uncovered of alleged corruption of the Mayor's Office, now under investigation by the FBI while awaiting a ruling by an Administrative Law Judge on several charges of violating ethics laws brought by the Florida Commission on Ethics. The Case is John L. Marks, State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, Case No: 12-002509EC. The charges against Marks stemmed from a complaint filed last year with the Commission by Dr. Jackson.

Like Jackson, attorney David Chester has spent several years gathering evidence of public corruption and providing it to the FBI and the public. The Tallahassee O has followed Attorney Chester’s press conferences and radio appearances at which he has argued his case against LCSO and The State Attorney's Office, with coverage on The Tallahassee O including exclusive audio and video footage of Chester’s presentation and explanation of the evidence from David Mays’ murder. The Tallahassee O joins Dr. Jackson, Attorney Chester, and other local advocates for truth who have been gathering and sharing information with federal law enforcement in asking that anyone with knowledge of public corruption immediately call and report it to the FBI via their public corruption hotline (1-888-722-1225).

Personal voluntary donations can be made to The Tallahassee O Media Group via The Tallahassee O website. All donations will be used to support The Tallahassee O’s continuing efforts to uncover and provide to the public the vital news and information that would otherwise remain hidden in the shadow of public corruption.

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