Five qualify for mayor's race, five for city commission
Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
A crowded field of candidates will vie for the two Gainesville city offices up for grabs in the March 16 election.
When qualifying ended at noon Friday, five candidates had signed up in the mayor's race and five more in the race for City Commission District 4. Mayor and city commissioner are both non-partisan offices. Terms are three years. The current annual salary, after a 1.75 percent pay reduction this week due to a drop in the consumer price index, is $38,695 and approximately $30,388 for city commissioners.
The mayoral candidates are:
-- Oswald Angulo, who could not be reached for comment.
Monica Leadon Cooper: Former member of the Gainesville Development Review Board; owner of Shaklee Products, a health and nutrition company. Campaign Web site: www.monicaleadoncooper.com.
Craig Lowe: District 4 city commissioner since 2003, has reached term limits for that office; former president, Human Rights Council of North Central Florida; biologist. Campaign Web site: www.craiglowe.com; campaign headquarters open to the public at 1731 N.W. Sixth St.
Don Marsh: Owner of Marsh Window Cleaning; Republican candidate for Alachua County Commission in 2002. Campaign Web site: www.donaldmarsh.com.
Richard Selwach: Owner of Best Jewelry & Loan Pawn Brokers and a landlord; City Commission candidate in 2007 and 2009. Campaign Web site: www.selwachformayor.com.
District 4 candidates are:
Mason Alley: A screenwriter and media consultant who grew up in the Tampa area and has lived in Gainesville since late 2005.
Francis "Pat" Fitzpatrick: Local activist for the homeless; ran for the City Commission in 2003 and 2007.
Nathaniel Sperling: Graduate of Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. Campaign Web site: www.nathanielsperling.com.
Randy Wells: President of the Duck Pond Neighborhood Association; City Plan Board member; chairman Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board; chairman Gainesville Affordable Housing Committee. Campaign Web site: www.randywells.org.
Penny Wheat: Former four-term Alachua County commissioner, 1986-1994 and 1996-2004; chairwoman, Gainesville Charter Review Commission 2005; chairwoman, Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies Committee. Campaign Web site: www.pennywheat.us.
With less than two months until election day, the first of two scheduled candidate forums will be next week. The African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County's forum will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Alachua County Health Department, 224 S.E. 24th St.
The League of Women Voters and the Gainesville Woman's Club will host a forum from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Gainesville Woman's Club, 2809 W. University Ave.
Other important dates leading up to the election include:
Feb. 15: The last day to register to vote in the election.
March 8: Early voting begins at the County Administration Building, 12 S.E. First St.
Contact Christopher Curry at 474-5088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.