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Letter: Is Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe Planning a 2022 Congressional Campaign?

Thursday afternoon, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe suggested he intends to keep drawing a salary as Mayor of Gainesville through January 2023, while refusing to throw cold water on suggestions that in late 2021 and 2022 he will be pursuing a seat in Congress

When I tried to follow up with clarifying questions Thursday evening, Poe refused to respond.

Since July 22, Poe has repeatedly provided evasive answers to public questions seeking specifics about his rumored 2022 Congressional campaign.

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Indications are that a Democratic-majority Congressional District is more likely than not to be created in 2022, linking Democratic-majority Alachua County with primarily African-American Democratic-majority parts of Duval County.

At a City Commission meeting Thursday evening I tried to follow-up on Poe’s Thursday afternoon statements about his intention to continue drawing a City salary during the 2022 Congressional election season.

I asked Mayor Poe: 

Will you tell us here and now that when you reveal — or when it is revealed — that you are planning to seek election to Congress you will immediately resign as mayor so that the healing can begin?

On July 22nd you revealed much when in front of Dr. Michael McDonald, you carefully and condescendingl, answered my question about your intended run for Congress by stating you had never “indicated“ you were going to run for Congress.

Today, you again carefully answered my question about your intended run for Congress by stating you have not “filed“ to run for Congress.

It is clear to anyone who has listened to your carefully worded misrepresentations — beginning 13 years ago when you were first elected to the city commission  — that you are an expert in misdirection, obfuscation, and lying by omission.

Many in our community are now waking up to the sad reality of who Lauren Poe really is. The scales in time will drop from the eyes of almost everyone.  

But as a matter of human decency, I ask you to please tell us that if you run for Congress you will resign from your current job and allow someone with the best interests of our community at heart to step in as mayor and begin rebuilding.  

If your dishonest self-serving behavior over the last 13 years is predictive of your behavior going forward, you won’t have that decency. But I’m going to give you a chance. 

Will you tell us here and now you are sorry for damage you have done to our community?

Will you tell us here and now you denounce any scheme to raise the salary of the mayor and give the mayor even more power than you have seized  unto yourself as mayor?

Will you tell us here and now that when you reveal — or when it is revealed — that you are planning to seek election to Congress you will immediately resign as mayor so that the healing can begin?

I’m waiting for your response.

I was disconnected.  Poe never responded.

Debbie Martinez, Gainesville

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