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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The qualifying period for Spring 2016 Gainesville District 4 Commission and mayoral Elections ended over Winter Break, finalizing the candidates running for office. For mayor, incumbent Ed Braddy is up against former city commissioner Lauren Poe and Gainesville resident Donald Shepherd Sr. Running for District 4 City Commissioner are Gainesville residents Jim Konish and Adrian Hayes-Santos. Current District 4 Commissioner Randy Wells is finishing his term limit. Voting takes place March 15 during the Presidential Preference Primary & City of Gainesville Election. Here are the candidates’ platforms:

ED BRADDY

Mayoral Candidate

Lower Gainesville Regional Utilities bills

 Make Gainesville more user-friendly

Expand opportunities for city residents, especially those with low incomes

LAUREN POE

Mayoral Candidate

Work to fully fund and implement the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and continue work on 352ArtsRoadmap

 Expand youth and children programs

 Build a transportation system that is more effective and safe for everyone

DONALD SHEPHERD SR.

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Mayoral Candidate

Get students more involved in elections and voting

 Address parking issues for students, especially towing

 Lower GRU bills

JIM KONISH

District 4 Candidate

Work to lower GRU bills

 Defund Dignity Village and Grace Marketplace and use those funds to improve infrastructure

 Establish buffer zones between low-density and high-density neighborhoods

ADRIAN HAYES-SANTOS

District 4 Candidate

Protect neighborhoods

 Promote an economically vibrant downtown  

 Preserve local natural environment

Contact Hunter Williamson at hwilliamson@alligator.org and follow him on Twitter @hunterewilliam.

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