Gainesville At-Large District 1: Lauren Poe: Experience counts

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.

Thirty years ago, when I was just 11-years-old, my family moved across the country from Oregon to settle in Gainesville. It has been home ever since.

As I graduated from Gainesville High School, earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and began my career as a teacher, I have seen our town grow and evolve. As I transitioned to family life with my wife, Emily, and 5-month-old daughter, Elizabeth, I have grown to appreciate even more our city's incredible diversity of people, our abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities and the wonderful neighborhoods, environmental treasures and unique businesses in every part of our city.

And as I look to our future, I see a Gainesville that has an ever-expanding potential to become a world-class educational, medical and economic hub. I am running to be your at-large city commissioner because I believe in the promise of Gainesville. My combination of commission experience, community involvement, a reasoned approach to problem-solving and the ability to listen to all perspectives on an issue, make me the most qualified candidate for the City Commission. If elected, I will have the best interests of all of Gainesville's citizens in mind when making decisions. I will not be beholden to any one special interest or narrow point of view.

I have been active in our community for the past decade. I volunteered at J.J. Finley Elementary School, I served as a member and chair of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Community Development, I serve on the Black on Black Crime Task Force and I am a board member for the Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network. I have been and will continue to be fully invested in our community. If elected, I will work to grow jobs and develop Gainesville's innovation economy. This new economic direction will diversify our economic base and create tremendous job opportunities. From basic entry-level positions requiring little training and certification, to mid-level lab-tech and management positions, to upper-level entrepreneurs who will come from all over the country, Gainesville will be open for business like never before. I will serve as Gainesville's ambassador to the entrepreneurs looking to make Gainesville their home.

I will also work to protect the quality of life in our city and neighborhoods. We must adequately fund our parks and recreation department, ensure that our code enforcement and public safety department have the officers and resources they need to perform their duties, and I will support our neighborhood organizations. I support community oriented policing and will help our police chief, Tony Jones, accomplish his goals of less crime and a healthier community.

I hope you will strongly consider voting for me on Jan. 31. I am the only candidate with the experience, community involvement, sense of balance and reason, passion and roots running 30 years deep.

For solutions for a growing Gainesville, please consider me for the At-large 1 seat on the Gainesville City Commission.

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