Donovan files, will battle Pinkoson for county seat

Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.

Gainesville City Commissioner Jack Donovan has filed to run for the County Commission and will challenge two-term incumbent Lee Pinkoson for the District 2 seat.

Donovan said his campaign will focus on the protection of natural resources and avoidance of sprawl in growth policy and development decisions as well as support for social programs to aid the homeless and at-risk children.

He said future development should be targeted toward existing municipalities to avoid sprawl and to avoid the extension of roadways through rural stretches of the county.

He said that, if elected, he also would work for

"neighborhood protection." Specifically, he said he supported the airboat curfew that lakefront residents pushed for in recent months.

Pinkoson voted against the proposed curfew and now residents are attempting to have a curfew passed through a referendum.

Donovan was first elected to the City Commission in 2005 and re-elected in 2008.

Under state law, he will have to resign from the City commission to run for the County Commission.

His resignation will not take effect until mid-November, when the elected county commissioners are sworn in.

Both Pinkoson and Donovan are Democrats, so they will face off in the August primary.

Currently, no Republicans, third-party or nonpartisan candidates have filed to run for the District 2 seat.

The District 4 seat held by Cynthia Chestnut is also up in this year's election.

Chestnut has filed paperwork to seek a third term.

Like Pinkoson, she was first elected to the County Commission in 2002 and seeks a third term.

Gainesville city commissioners serve three-year terms and have an annual salary of $30,929.12.

County commissioners serve four-year terms and make an annual salary of $70,754.

Contact Christopher Curry at 374-5088 or

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