Craig Lowe to run for mayor in 2010

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:43 a.m.

Gainesville City Commissioner Craig Lowe qualified Monday as the first candidate for the March 2010 mayor election.

"The reason that I am running is that the city has made tremendous strides in key areas such as neighborhood protection, energy and equal opportunity, and I have been blessed with being in a pivotal role," Lowe said Monday morning while announcing his bid for mayor.

Lowe has worked for city rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and was involved in a hard-fought campaign against a movement to repeal a part of the city law that prohibited discrimination in housing, credit, employment and other areas.

Lowe was first elected to the commission representing District 4 in 2003 in a close race against candidate Brad Guy.

Current Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan's term expires in 2010, however she is unable to run again because she has reached term limits.

She has served six years as a commissioner and six as mayor.

While no other candidates have stepped forward, it's anticipated the seat, vacant for the first time in six years, will draw a crowd.

Also drawing attention from the political field is the seat that will be vacated by Lowe for District 4, which includes the Duck Pond neighborhood and a large swath of central Gainesville.

The district has traditionally voted for liberal candidates.

Asked if he knew of any candidates, Stafford Jones, head of the Alachua County Republican Party, said, "There's about a snowball's chance in hell that anyone as conservative as I would like is going to run for that seat."

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