Community leaders join Ed to “Swing big for Bielarski”

Press release from Bielarski 2022 Campaign

In less than a week since former GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski declared his intention to run for mayor, he has assembled a team of community all-stars which will guide his race. The Bielarski 2022 campaign is happy to announce the following individuals have stepped up to the plate:

Leading off the batting order will be former city commissioner Helen Warren. A life-long advocate for the environment, social justice, education, and LGBTQ rights, Ms. Warren’s passions and talents will be placed to good use.

Bill Conrad moves to the plate as an experienced policy maker. Mr. Conrad served as a five-term Mayor of Newberry; a former Chairman of the Board with the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA); a Florida League of Mayors Board member; and a member of the American Public Power Association’s Policy Maker’s Board.

Well-respected pillar of Gainesville Scherwin Henry has also agreed to lend his talents to the team. Mr. Henry’s experience includes serving as a city commissioner, as well as a research scientist and teacher. For over a decade, he has paid it forward while serving as a mentor in the Taking Stock in Children program.

Finally, M Smith has agreed to round out the lineup as they bring their incredible perspective to the team. A lawyer, consultant, GRU’s former Chief Change Officer, and the University of Florida’s Assistant Dean for Inclusion, M is a force of nature. During the September 13th commission meeting, when hundreds of people from the community came out to protest my possible termination, M looked at the mayor and told him, “Ed is a beautiful fit for Gainesville.”

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Bottom Line: With the formation of this Campaign team, the singular Ed for Mayor campaign has become plural. It’s no longer just about me. It is about we – Helen Warren, Bill Conrad, Scherwin Henry, and M Smith, and those who want to join the movement to: