Former City Commissioner Ed Braddy has responded to Mayor Craig Lowe’s arrest.
Lowe was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of DUI, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Braddy, who will compete in a runoff election with Lowe on April 16, said he hopes Lowe has a healthy recovery.
“I join many in Gainesville in hoping he has a healthy recovery here, and I’m grateful no one was injured in the incident,” he said. “I hope he gets the help he needs.”
Braddy referenced his own DUI arrest in 2006 and said he hopes Lowe has a similar experience.
“Many years ago, I dealt with a similar incident. As I look back, I can say with sincerity that I am grateful to the law enforcement community for their actions. I’m grateful for a merciful God, a supporting family and a forgiving public,” he said.
Braddy is encouraging the community to allow Lowe time to deal with the issue.
“He needs his space so he can deal with this matter as he sees fit,” Braddy said. “We still have a race to run.”
He expects the race to go on and remains focused on the issues and getting voters back to the polls on April 16.
Maggie Schwartzman contributed reporting.