It seems that the upcoming city elections will surely put some young faces on the Gainesville City Commission. Last Sunday I was able to meet with & interview District 3 candidate Armando Grundy. The interview should be posted sometime tomorrow evening. Though commission races are non-partisan, informed voters can usually delve through the rhetoric and pinpoint where to draw the ever-blurred partisan divide. But there is room for change. Progreessive Jack Donovan has failed to give proposals against the 2AM Rave Ordinance the fairness he promised student voters that helped him upset then-incumbent Tony Domenech - a win that literally came down to single-votes [very similar to Adler/Sancez by SG standards].
Normally, however, student candidates or candidates still-in-school (as the former has had damaging effects on certain candidacies) don't draw out much attention. Who can forget poor Mike Belle, whose first campaign for mayor ended with the Pegeen endorsement and a measely 100+ votes, followed up by Andre Samuels' managed-run which netted him only [literally] a couple dozen more votes in his City Commission race.
No...the young faces running for top spots in City government today, seem poised to win and the odds look quite favorable. Agrusa will probably take the win, though I am interested in speaking to his opponent. In District 3, I think Donovan will lead most of the election, as it's rumored he's already raised $12,000. However, I expect that if Stafford Jones actively engaged the Republican Party and with the proper networking & fundraising support of other notables like Jeff McAdams, Clovis Watson, & a little media attention say from the likes of Chip Morris' Drive Time Happy Hour (97.3 WSKY FM), that Grundy might shock Donovan at zero hour. We'll see. Interivew should be up tomorrow night.