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Mayor Lauren Poe delivers his final State of the City Address on at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Innovation on Monday, Feb. 28.

City of Gainesville hosts annual State of the City Address

The plan, Imagine GNV,  is a collaborative effort between Gainesville neighbors and the city government. The plan lays out actions the city will take to address elements including racial inequity, affordable housing and education — an area that hasn’t been included in previous city plans. The plan is in the works with nine draft chapters published online. 


Gainesville’s first Black Mayor and City Commissioner since Reconstruction is remembered by family

Butler was elected into the city commission in 1969, becoming the first Black man elected to the body since Reconstruction, an era marked by post Civil War opportunities. Later, in 1971, he became the first Black Mayor to hold that office in 100 years. However, he wanted to be remembered for who he was rather than being the first.

Cynthia Chestnut, dressed in blue, holds up her hand and takes an oath of office as the new At-Large Seat B city commissioner at Gainesville City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Cynthia Chestnut begins her term as City Commissioner

With her hand on the Bible her mother gave her 49 years ago, Cynthia Chestnut repeated the oath of office during her City Commissioner swearing-in ceremony. On Thursday morning, Chestnut was sworn in as At-Large Seat B City Commissioner outside Gainesville City Hall after winning the special runoff election Jan. 25. The position will be a four-year term with elections every two years starting this year, according to a City of Gainesville press release. 

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