A districting question


Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 2:16 a.m.
As a resident of southwest Alachua County, I read with interest in The Sun last week that Ward Scott plans to run against Commissioner Mike Byerly. What caught my attention was the fact that he lives in the town of Alachua. This town is on the opposite end of the county from Commissioner Byerly's district.
My understanding is that candidates are supposed to run in the area in which they live. Why would I vote for someone who lives on the opposite end of the county and even brags in the article that his area is carrying the economic development? Should we assume that Scott plans to move just so he can have a chance for a Commission seat?
There seems to be something inherently dishonest about this approach, and it certainly flies in the face of the principles of the districting form of local government.

Paula Wheeler,

Gainesville

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