Vote 2013: Wells Wins Another Term, Runoff in Mayoral Race
Published March 20th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Voters across Gainesville went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in two key races affecting the makeup of the City Commission.
In a replay of the last mayoral election in 2010, a large field of candidates was narrowed to two, including current mayor Craig Lowe. The incumbent mayor finished second among six candidates with about 4,400 votes. Finishing on top was former commissioner Ed Braddy, who picked up more than 4,600 votes. The two will now meet in the city's runoff election on April 16.
Former commissioner Scherwin Henry finished third in the mayoral race with 17 percent of the vote. Now that the mayoral race will move towards a runoff, Henry would not say if he will support one of the two final candidates.
Three other candidates for mayor split less than a thousand votes. The turnout was just under 15 percent.
In the City Commission District 4 race, incumbent Randy Wells easily defeated his two opponents, former Gainesville city commissioner and mayor Mac McEachern and University of Florida student Alfredo Espinosa.
In addition, the proposal to extend commissioners' term in office and hold elections every other year was soundly defeated.
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