UF student running in District 4
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
University of Florida student Alfredo Espinosa has entered the race for City Commission District 4, saying he wants to “give UF a seat at the table to represent the faculty, staff and students properly.”
Espinosa said crime, homelessness and high energy costs are “pressing community issues” he would focus on if elected.
“We’re seeing high electric rates and that is a problem,” he said. “It is a hardship for students.”
As the city continues to grow, Espinosa said he supports a comprehensive transportation system that includes roads, transit and additional facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
He said city government also needs to create a “business-friendly environment to improve the quality of life for Gainesville residents.”
Espinosa said that means city officials need to work closely with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Espinosa, 20, is studying building construction at UF. He is active in Florida Blue Key, the campus leadership honor society.
Currently, the other candidates to sign up for the race are incumbent Randy Wells and former City Commissioner Mac McEachern, who does not meet the residency requirements under the new district boundaries commissioners approved in December.
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.
The official candidate qualifying period is next week from noon Monday to noon Friday.