Scott Maddox

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Scott Maddox
Mayor of Tallahassee
In office
February 1997 – February 2003
Preceded by Ron Weaver
Succeeded by John Marks
In office
Preceded by Dorothy Inman-Crews
Succeeded by Ron Weaver
Commissioner of Tallahassee
Assumed office
Preceded by Mark Mustian
Personal details
Born (1968-03-13) March 13, 1968 (age 50)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sha Maddox
Profession Attorney

Scott Maddox (born March 13, 1968) is an American politician. He was the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, from 1995 to 2003.[1] Maddox is the former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and a current Tallahassee City Commissioner.

Early life and education

Scott Maddox was born in Hialeah, Florida, and raised in the rural area of Homestead, Florida, and later, in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Leon High School and attended Florida State University, where he earned a B.S. in political science and public administration. He went on to earn a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. Maddox was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order men's fraternity.

Political career

In 1990, at the age of 22, Maddox ran for the Florida House of Representative's 10th district, but lost the Democratic primary by 32%. In 1993, while still in law school, Maddox became the youngest city commissioner in the city of Tallahassee's history, being elected at the age of 24, and a year later selected to become mayor pro-tempore. In 1995, the city commission chose Maddox as the city's mayor where he worked towards improving race relations and overseeing a large expansion of city parks, greenways, and trails.[citation needed] After the residents of Tallahassee passed a referendum calling for popular elections for the office of mayor, Maddox became Tallahassee's first popularly elected city mayor in 1996.[2] In 1999, he served as president of the Florida League of Cities. Described as a "rising star" by Vice President Al Gore, Maddox spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Maddox attempted a run for Attorney General of Florida in 2002, but lost to future Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer in the Democratic primary. In 2003, Maddox was elected chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and also served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Though Maddox announced a run for Governor of Florida in 2006,[3] he ultimately dropped out of the race. In 2010, he served as the Democratic nominee for Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, losing to Republican nominee Adam Putnam. Maddox was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission once again in 2012. In 2015, he announced a run for Superintendent of Leon County Schools. After failing to gain traction in the Democratic primary, Maddox dropped out during qualifying week. He was subsequently re-elected to the city commission in August 2016.


He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sha, and their two sons, Jack and Denver.[citation needed]

Electoral history

Democratic primary, Florida Attorney General election, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Buddy Dyer 457,704 37.2
Democratic Scott Maddox 429,651 34.9
Democratic George H. Sheldon 272,517 22.1
Democratic Walt Dartland 71,952 5.8
Total votes 1,231,824 100
Agriculture Commissioner of Florida General election, 2010 [5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam H. Putnam 2,908,086 55.94
Democratic Scott Maddox 1,983,277 38.15
Tea Party of Florida Ira Chester 203,598 3.92
Independent Thad Hamilton 103,717 2.00
Total votes 5,198,678 100


  1. ^ "State: Florida Democrats see mayor as savior". 2002-12-30. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  2. ^ By IAN URBINASEPT. 9, 2006 (2006-09-09). "Baby-Faced Mayor Takes Over an Aging Pittsburgh - The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2] Archived 2011-10-03 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Scott Maddox - Official campaign website.
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