The Gainesville Sun is reporting that Mary Alford plans to resign from the county commission after Sun News Editor Andrew Caplan investigated her residency in her district. A similar investigation into Chair Marihelen Wheeler found that she “splits her time” between a house she shares with her husband (which is in Ken Cornell’s district) and a bedroom she shares with a baby at her son’s home in her district. The article concluded that the arrangement “may provide legal cover.”
However, after Caplan’s investigation found that Alford claims a homestead exemption on a house in east Gainesville (also in Cornell’s district), Alford told the Sun, “I am going through the process of what I need to do to resign from office. I realize I’m not doing the right thing, and I don’t like being a person who doesn’t do the right thing.”
Alford told the Sun she has been living in the east Gainesville property to care for a relative and that she stayed longer at the home than initially expected.
Depending on when she actually resigns, the seat may now be on the August 23 ballot.