A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of law Enforcement confirmed Aug. 1 that an investigation has been initiated involving the April 29 city of Quincy election.
“All I can say is that an active investigation in underway, which is all I can say about it,” said Linda MacDonald.
The Gadsden County Times has learned that approximately two weeks ago, agents visited the Supervisor of Elections Office on South Madison Street and requested information surrounding the election. The matter, or any alleged improprieties, were referred to FDLE by the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
In the April 29 election, veteran Commissioner Andy Gay was unopposed and returned to his seat, and former Mayor Angela Sapp was defeated by newcomer Micah Brown.
Sapp and Brown were vying to represent District 2 on the city commission.
Brown garnered 177 votes to Sapp’s 133. Sapp served on the city commission for the past six years and served her last term as mayor. The key to the victory was absentee voting. In the days prior to the voting day, Brown’s supporters cast 114 absentee votes to Sapp’s 46. Sapp, however, won at the polls on Election Day with 87 votes to Brown’s 63 votes.
There was no other commission district on the ballot on April 29 because Commissioner Andy Gay, District 4, was unopposed. Brown was sworn into office on May 3.