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GOP wins in deep blue Gainesville



Mayoral contests often have little to do with partisanship, but given the way Florida Democrats have been crowing in recent years about winning mayor's races across Florida, it's certainly worth noting that a Republican yesterday was elected mayor of that liberal bastion of Gainesville. From the Sun:

The dynamic of the City Commission has officially been shaken up.

On Tuesday, former two-term City Commissioner Ed Braddy unseated incumbent Mayor Craig Lowe by a comfortable margin.

Come May, the City Commission will have a new leader who opposes the current commission majority's direction on the biomass contract, on transportation issues and on economic development.

In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of more than two to one, the Republican Braddy defeated the Democrat Lowe by almost 10 percent of the vote. With all 35 precincts reporting, Braddy had 7,258 votes (55 percent) to Lowe's 6,007 (45 percent).

Braddy will be sworn in as mayor at noon on May 23. The site of the ceremony has not been announced.

Braddy attributed his victory to a campaign message of making the city affordable to residents and businesses. He also attributed victory to a network of supporters from across party lines.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:15am]


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