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Saturday, May 08, 2021

An SFCC student announced Tuesday night that he would become the second student to run for the Gainesville City Commission this year.

Armando R. Grundy, who is also an army veteran, made his announcement at the UF Student Senate's weekly meeting. Grundy is running for the District 3 seat.

Robert Agrusa, a UF student and former president of the Senate, is running for an at-large seat.

During the meeting, Grundy talked about his withdrawal from the race for an at-large seat.

"I'm not going to get certain votes because I'm a person of color, and I'm not going to get certain votes because I'm a veteran," Grundy said.

He also discussed his disapproval of Gainesville City Commissioner Jack Donovan's policies. Donovan is the District 3 commissioner.

In an interview before the meeting, Grundy said Gainesville needs a new face.

"I'm running because I'm smart and intelligent enough and understand the veracity of issues going on that affect all of you," Grundy said during the meeting.

He said other leaders take students for granted because they don't expect them to vote.

It's important for students to vote, but they should take a "hardcore look" at issues and not vote for him just because he is a student, Grundy said.

"I don't look at … Gainesville, then Santa Fe, then UF," Grundy said. "We're so segregated, and I think it's time for us to be The Gator Nation and be inclusive."

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