Chestnut signs up to seek third term

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:12 p.m.

County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut has filed paperwork to seek a third term on the board.

On Thursday, Chestnut pre-filed, a requirement for candidates to start raising campaign contributions and making expenditures.

"Initially, I was not going to run, but my constituents prevailed upon me," Chestnut said. "They asked me to reconsider ... There's still much to be done."

Chestnut said her priorities during another term would be to continue the growth of the county's CHOICES health services program, to develop a new fairgrounds and to work on the related Plan East Gainesville, a joint county/city initiative for economic development in that area.

Chestnut was first elected to the County Commission in 2002. She served on the Gainesville City Commission from 1987-1990 and was the District 23 representative in the Florida House from 1990-2000.

Chestnut's District 4 seat and the District 2 seat of Lee Pinkoson are both up in this year's election. With the primary election about seven months away, the two incumbents are so far the only candidates who have signed up to run.

The official candidate qualifying period runs from noon June 14 to noon on June 18. The primary election is Aug. 24, and the general election is Nov. 2.

Alachua County commissioners serve four-year terms. Their annual salary is $70,754.

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