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City commission formalizes new voting districts

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

At a May 9 meeting that lasted less than 3 minutes, the Gainesville City Commission approved new city commission districts on second reading. The ordinance passed 5-0 with no comment from the commission or the public; Commissioners David Arreola and Desmon Duncan-Walker were absent.

The ordinance divides the City of Gainesville into four single-member districts; one commissioner is elected by the voters in each district, and two more commissioners and the mayor are elected at-large by all City voters. The seats of the mayor and the commissioners for Districts 2, 3, and 4 will be on the August 2022 ballot, with run-offs, if necessary, in November.

The Supervisor of Elections has not yet posted maps of the new precincts, but she presented them to the Alachua County Commission, and you can browse the maps here to find your new precinct number. The precincts changed significantly in many areas of the county, so voters should not assume they are in their accustomed precinct.

District 1 includes precincts 13, 19, 28, 30, 33, 40, 55, 59, and the portion of precinct 25 that is located south of the centerline of NW 8th Avenue.

District 2 includes precincts 17, 21, 24, 32, 37, 38, and 61.

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District 3 includes precincts 23, 36, 39, 42, 43, 44, 48, 52, and 54.

District 4 includes precincts 5, 7, 12, 26, 27, 31, 50, 57, and the portion of precinct 25 that is located north of the centerline of NW 8th Avenue.

The new school board and county commission districts are already posted on the Supervisor of Elections site and can be viewed here.

As of today, there are five candidates for mayor: David Arreola, Edward Bielarski Jr., Donald Shepherd, July Thomas, and Harvey Ward.

There are three candidates for City Commission District 2: Jo Lee Beaty, Ed Book, and James Ingle.

There are three candidates for City Commission District 3: Patrick Ingle, Michael Raburn, and Casey Willits.

There are three candidates for City Commission District 4: Dejeon Cain, Bryan Eastman, and Christian Newman.

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