Conservative voice returns to local politics, joins mayor fray

In 2002, Don Marsh lost to Cynthia Chestnut in a County Commission race.

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.

Local small business owner and former County Commission candidate Don Marsh has filed to run for mayor of Gainesville.

Marsh, who was not available for an interview on Thursday or Friday, was a Republican candidate for County Commission in 2002. He gained 34 percent of the votes cast in a race won by Cynthia Chestnut.

In that election, Marsh took aim at the county's Comprehensive Plan, saying it hindered development and was restrictive on property owners.

Marsh also runs the Web site, which tracks local elections and the political landscape and allows candidates a firsthand forum to voice opinions on the issues.

In a message posted on his Web site, Marsh stated that he has wavered on whether or not to run since last fall, when he said he would not seek the office of mayor.

He said those who might think he is the Brett Favre of local politics - a reference to the National Football League quarterback who has retired and returned to play multiple times - should remember how well Favre is doing now.

Favre led the Minnesota Vikings into the National Football Conference championship game on Sunday.

Marsh also indicated on his Web site that he supports another Wal-Mart Supercenter in Gainesville and opposes a new GRU biomass powerplant due to his skepticism of the science behind global warming.

Marsh is a longtime local small business owner. He owns and operates Marsh Window Cleaning.

Contact Christopher Curry at 374-5088 or

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