Speed Date Your Local Leaders:
Citizenship, improved.
7 citizens x 7 minutes x local leaders + pizza = a better hometown
PAST EVENT | February 2017
Let's do democracy:
Let the Speed Dating begin!

Maybe you’ve never tried it yourself, but everyone’s heard of speed dating. First offered by an Israeli rabbi to help Jewish singles find love, now there’s Christian speed dating, graduate student speed dating, even speed dating for pet adoption and – for the truly noncommittal – online speed dating.

But have you heard of civic speed dating? At a time when good civic conversations are either hostile or practically non-existent nationally, it’s probably past time for a little local matchmaking. It’s a format so cool, so unique, so brand new (and in some ways crazy old) that we were featured in USA Today.


Single or married, Speed Date Your Local Leaders gives citizens the unusual opportunity to “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” – enjoying pizza and chatting informally with the people who lead in our community. (see participating leaders who have already confirmed, below – and check back for new confirmations). Here’s how it works: Leaders will rotate from table to table every 7 minutes, offering each group of participants an opportunity to ask questions or offer ideas that might never have rated a phone call or public testimony, but are the grist of good citizenship and good governance nonetheless.



Gil Ziffer | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Scott Maddox | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Nancy Miller | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Ricardo Fernandez | City Manager
City of Tallahassee
Alva Striplin | Vice Chair
Leon County School Board
Michael DeLeo | Chief of Police
Tallahassee Police Department
Vince Long | County Administrator
Leon County, Florida
Jack Campbell | State Attorney
2nd Judicial Circuit
Skip Foster | Former Publisher
Tallahassee Democrat
Kristin Dozier | Commissioner
Leon County, Florida
Jimbo Jackson | Commissioner
Leon County, Florida
Curtis Richardson | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Nick Maddox | Commissioner
Leon County, Florida
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