Gainesville Mayoral Candidates Debate DUIs, Biomass at 4A Forum
Published April 2nd, 2013
GAINESVILLE - With two weeks left before Gainesville's runoff election for mayor, the two remaining candidates squared off in a forum Monday night sponsored by the Alachua County 4-A's.
Mayor Craig Lowe and his challenger, former city commissioner Ed Braddy, debated a range of issues affecting the residents of east Gainesville, including the county's planned relocation of the fairgrounds and various community redevelopment efforts.
Because this was the first public forum held since Mayor Lowe's DUI arrest last month, Lowe began the meeting by addressing the arrest and taking responsibility for his actions, but saying he must "press on" for the city and its residents during this critical time.
It's an experience Braddy said he also learned a lot from after his own arrest for DUI back in 2006. By going through the experience seven years ago, Braddy said it has helped make him a better person today.
The two candidates also debated the merits of Gainesville's new biomass plant. Mayor Lowe said the plant will provide several benefits to residents as time goes on, despite the initial rate increase. But Braddy said the plant's contract should be voided because its economic impact will be too great on GRU ratepayers.
In the end, 4A members elected to endorse Mayor Lowe in the runoff election which is scheduled for April 16.
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