Elections supervisor: McEachern does not meet District 4 residency requirements

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

Former Gainesville Commissioner Mac McEachern does not meet the residency requirements to qualify for the March City Commission race, according to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

McEachern's home, which is his registered voting address, was within the former boundaries of District 4. But it is not inside the newly drawn district that commissioners unanimously approved on Dec. 20, when completing the required redistricting process that follows the U.S. census.

McEachern signed up to run on Jan. 3 — after commissioners had approved the new boundaries but before Mayor Craig Lowe had signed the redistricting ordinance.

Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter officially informed him Thursday that he did not meet residency requirements after her office received the final, executed redistricting ordinance signed by Lowe.

Carpenter said the two other current candidates in District 4, incumbent Randy Wells and Alfredo Espinosa, do meet the residency requirements. The City Commission's approved district maps kept all four single-district incumbents in their current districts.

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