A change in conversation

Gainesville Mayor, Ed Braddy

Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy in his office at City Hall.

Erica Brough / Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.

What lies ahead in 2014?

While three seats are up in a spring election that may change the complexion of the Commission, Mayor Ed Braddy heads into the year as the leader of a board he differs with on major policy issues, such as transportation and energy.

He doesn’t expect his ideas to become the policy direction of the majority. But Braddy, who served as a commissioner from 2002-2008, says he’d like to see an increased focus on how taxes, utility rates and permitting fees affect the city’s residents and businesses.

“I hope affordability becomes a watchword,” he says. “That doesn’t mean it’s my version of a policy that necessarily wins. If we’re oriented toward affordability, I think we’ll have a leaner City Hall. Still nimble. Still delivering high quality services.”

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