Ed Braddy defeats Lowe in runoff

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.

Ed Braddy defeated Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe in a run-off election for mayor of Gainesville by more than 1,200 votes.

Braddy received 7,258 votes, or 54.71 percent, and Lowe received 6,007 votes, or 45.28 percent in Tuesday’s run-off election that drew 13,300 of the city’s 82,039 registered voters, or 16.21 percent of registered voters in the city of Gainesville to the polls.

Braddy, along with Gainesville City Commissioner Randy Wells, who was re-elected last month to the District 4 seat, will be sworn in on May 23 at the Thelma Boltin Center.

Braddy said the difference in the election was that a majority of the voters agreed with the themes he talked about on the campaign trail.

“I think the theme of our campaign sort of emerged through the course of the campaign and it was about the need for affordability in the city and the need for the city to focus on basic services, the equalization of services and making it a place where people can raise their kids,” said Braddy, immediately after results posted on a screen at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office showed he was the winner. “It’s gratifying to know most of the voters believe similarly.”

Throughout the campaign, Braddy emphasized the need for the city to reduce the number of permitting regulations that small businesses must go through in order to open a business.

He also promised voters that he will do his best to convince the other commissioners to get out of the biomass contract.

Braddy said his campaign was built around a diverse coalition of people who were dedicated to the same cause and as mayor he will lead the City Commission by trying to build coalitions.

Lowe was unavailable for comment Tuesday night, but his campaign released a statement congratulating Braddy and thanking voters.

“It is truly humbling to see so many of our residents come together to support our vision for Gainesville,” the statement read. “While we were not successful tonight, I’m hopeful that Gainesville will continue to be a forward-thinking, thriving city.”

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