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Join our campaign if you believe in a different, better future for Leon County District 1. If you are tired of the okie-Doak, swing on over to our vote. Donna will uphold the public’s trust.

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Meet Donna Pearl Cotterell

Donna Pearl Cotterell, former Citizen’s Police Review Board member and Tri-Chair for the Florida Poor People’s Campaign, is an educator, writer, producer, director, actress and activist in Leon County.  She is a proud resident of the Bond neighborhood and her family has lived in Leon County for five generations. Her father, Chief Morris Thomas, was the first police chief of Midway, Florida and the third person to desegregate the buses in Tallahassee in December 1956, while on military leave. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UMass/Boston, a M.S. in Financial Economics from Boston University and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Middle School Math from Lesley University.

Founder and Director of both Indaba Theatre of New England and Indaba Theatre of Florida; a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Railroad Village, created her first theatrical production in Tallahassee at Cascades Park in 2015, titled Marigold Days. She wrote the play after completing two successful drama therapy workshops for the brand new Kearney Center in the summer of 2015. Her inspirational speaking has brought her to South Africa, India and Indonesia. She is also a published author, mother of two and grandmother to three.

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Built a successful nonprofit organization

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Raised two daughters as a single mom

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Taught at the middle school level for 11 years

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Grants contract and management experience

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Master's degree in finance

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Arts enthusiast

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Add to Calendar 08/23/2022 08:00 AM 08/23/2022 10:00 AM true America/Kentucky/Louisville Vote for Donna Pearl Cotterell Head to your nearest polling booth to cast your vote for Donna Pearl Cotterell this Leon County Primary Election. Your nearest polling booth

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What We're Fighting For

Assurance that basic needs are met.

Safety in our neighborhoods.

Solutions to poverty to help drive down the crime rate.

Fair housing prices.

Literacy programs to get all kids up to grade level on their reading scores.

Quality education to be a right for all, not a privilege.

About Our District

Tallahassee has the highest concentrated poverty rate in all of Florida.

Leon County is Florida's 22nd most populous county, and yet,
countless residents are living paycheck to paycheck, barely getting by.

40%
Of residents live below the poverty line.
$24K
Is the median household income of zip code 32304. This is less than half of Florida's average median income ($55,660).
14.1%
Of adults living in Tallahassee's most impoverished communities have a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Americans living below the poverty line face a wide range of unique challenges with many struggling to afford basic necessities such as food, housing, and health care. Other challenges include increased stress and often worse than average health outcomes. These problems can be compounded for those who live on poverty level incomes in communities of concentrated poverty — defined as Census tracts where 40% or more of the population live below the poverty line.

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