Richardson sought the Democratic nomination to succeed FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson in that seat back in 2010 when Lawson was set to leave due to term limits. But Montford ended up winning the primary and general election. Tallahassee voters later elected Richardson to the City Commission in 2014, where he currently serves as mayor pro-tempore.
Montford is now coming close to his own Senate term limit in 2020 and must make a decision on whether jump into the open Tallahassee mayor’s race. He would have to leave the Senate before declaring his candidacy due to the “resign to run” law. Montford is expected to be the front-runner if he seeks the job.