City Commission Candidates preparing for general election

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- The clock is ticking for North Central Florida residents to cast their ballots in Gainesville's General Election.

Two city commission seats are on the ballot.

Incumbent Harvey Budd WILL be running against Gail Johnson for the At-Large Seat 1.
With early voting already underway, both candidates are planning on bettering the economy on the east side of town.

"I think we have a lot of poverty, white and black. I think we need to do something about it. As you know, there aren't a lot jobs for people unless you're a college student so there is a shortage of jobs,” Incumbent Harvey Budd said.
He also says he's trying to develop a shopping center on the east side of town to bring in more jobs.

We also spoke with Candidate Gail Johnson and asked for an interview but she wasn't feeling well.
In February, she told TV20 she can relate to those living on the east side.
"I've been the employee and I've made you know, minimum wage. I've also been the employer and I've employed people at a living wage so I've seen the depth and the breadth of what it means to live in Gainesville,” she said on February 5th.

Johnson also says the east side of Gainesville could be developed with better transportation, a focus on job creation, and improving affordable housing options.

The other seat on the ballot is the district one seat.
Incumbent Charles Goston is running against Gigi Simmons as well as Tyra "Loudd" Edwards.