J.R.Harding will bring can-do attitude to city

Tallahassee Democrat February 01, 2003 Letter to the editor The Democrat endorsed the Seat 3 incumbent, Debbie Lightsey, but why? Her record includes moving elections to February, costing taxpayers at least $300,000, and guaranteeing a low voter turnout. Her record includes opposing tax breaks for low-income seniors and leaving the public out of the replacement…

Seats 3 and 5 City Commission candidates

FSViews Thursday Jan. 30, 2003 J.R. Harding profile Candidate for City Commission Seat 3 Platform: Return civility to local government — Enhance economic development by implementing Blueprint 2000 — Implement a property tax exemption for senior citizens — Support our neighborhoods and build our communities — Support local firefighters and law enforcement officers Qualifications: “The…

Incumbent Lightsey faces 3 challengers

Tallahassee Democrat Wednesday Jan. 29, 2003 Three challengers are trying to unseat three-term incumbent Debbie Lightsey, first elected to the Tallahassee City Commission 14 years ago as an environmentalist and neighborhood advocate. She said her attitude toward growth management has evolved since then, pointing to her votes for the Blair Stone Road extension and incentive…

Candidates for Seat 3

Tallahassee Democrat Sunday January 12, 2003 J.R. HARDING Age: 36 Family: Single Education: Doctorate of Education in higher education and public policy Occupation: Educator, advocate, and consultant. Currently employed by state of Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Current civic involvement: Member, US Access Board, Waiver Council for the Florida Building Commission, Transportation…

Harding set for D.C. meeting

Tallahassee Democrat Sunday Jan. 12, 2003 J.R. Harding, a candidate for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3, said he’s taking some days off from campaigning to attend the U.S. Access Board bimonthly meeting in Washington, D.C. The Access Board’s purpose is to promote compliance, resolve conflicts and create the federal guidelines on disability access for every…

Flawed process led to self-serving decision

Tallahassee Democrat Letter to the editor Our city commissioners voted to move the election on the backs of the taxpayers. Recently, the same city commissioners were faced with a daunting challenge of replacing Charles Billings’ leadership in the city because of his premature passing. The community was informed that Mr. Billings’ replacement would not be…

FSU alumnus seeks to inspire

Dr. James ‘JR’ Harding, a surviving two-time quadriplegic, seeks to lead by example FSU News Thursday October 31st, 2002 FSU graduate Dr. James ‘JR’ Harding is running for a city commission seat. While it may be easy to become immersed in daily activities and complain about a lack of good fortune, it is possible to…

National Disability Mentoring Day

Capital News Service Wednesday October 16th, 2002 Across the state, students with disabilities are getting new hope for a productive future. Wednesday was the second annual National Disability Mentoring day and fourteen Florida cities are taking part. In Tallahassee, students and others with disabilities met their mentors at Datamaxx, one of the state’s high-tech firms.…