Today is Election Day for the Gainesville City Commission. Two seats are being contested, At-large Seat One and District One. The Candidates Are:
At-Large Seat One
Donald Shepherd, Sr.
Charles Edward Goston
Lucas A. Jewell
In At-Large Seat One, Meyers gets contributions from a marketing firm and waste disposal firms, so cross him off. Jay Curtis is endorsed by the Gainesville Builders Association, which means he is likely too developer-oriented, despite his endorsement by the UF College Democrats. Shepherd did not seem progressive in the previous race he ran.
That leaves Harvey Budd, whose campaign is being run by long-time progressive activist Connie Amidei, and Adrian Hayes-Santos, who is being endorsed by a number of current and former city commissioners. They both have contributions from a number of progressive activists.
I pick Adrian Hayes-Santos, even though the Iguana endorsed Budd ( they did nor give a good reason, though) for the following reasons:
- Harvey Budd contributions, separately, from Ken and Linda McGurn and they have appeared at at least one of his events. Since they are developers and conservative on at least development issues and the homeless, this makes me doubt Budd’s progressiveness. He also got contributions from other builders.
- Santos’s list of progressive controbutors is more impressive than Budd’s.
- Santos is endorsed by neighbors (not quite next door, except for Heirs) Suzanne Kiker, Jonathan Reiskind, and Richard Heirs, who are progressive and whom I have known for a long time and trust.
- Santos is endorsed by the Gainesville National Organization for Women, which is greatly in his favor as far as I am concerned.
In District One (which I am not voting one since I live in District Three), I find that Scherwin Henry was not progressive as a city commissioner. Yvonne Hinson-Rawls was the the more progressive choice when she won three years ago, but, despite progressive endorsedments this time around, she has taken a ontribution from developer Nathan Collier, which is a very bad sign. She also cast a disappointing vote to widen NW Eighth Avenue, which would also eliminate the bicycle paths therein.
I therefore endorse Chris Weaver who has been endorsed by the UF College Democrats, the Sierra Club, and the Gainesville Iguana. He also got a contribution from the progressive activist Nkwanda Jah, whom I hold in very high esteem.
Above all though, get out and VOTE, which I am about to do!