Gainesville city elections preview

by Joe Courter

City Commission elections are coming up on March 17, and they will be for two seats. One is an At-Large seat that all city residents vote in, the other for District 1, which is for those in that district only to vote in. Both races will have a number of candidates contesting, and if one candidate doesn’t get over 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will occur in April.

The At-Large race will feature all new candidates, as there is no incumbent. In District 1, Yvonne Hinson-Rawls will be attempting re-election.

The Supervisor of Elections website has a lot of information on the candidates, as well as their financial reports. The field of candidates won’t be closed until January 26. Count on the Iguana to have more information in the March edition, as well as endorsements. As of now we will say we like both Adrian Hayes-Santos and Harvey Budd in the At-Large race. There’s a lot of time between now and then, watch for candidate forums, and of course register to vote.

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