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Mayoral candidates discuss DUI arrests at 4A forum

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Mayor Craig Lowe and his opponent, former City Commissioner Ed Braddy, addressed their DUI charges, among other issues at a forum sponsored by the Alachua County 4A’s on Monday evening at the Alachua County Health Department.

The two agreed voters should consider all aspects of both candidates before voting, including character.

Braddy checked himself into treatment and pled no contest after he was arrested in January 2006 during his second term on the City Commission. He described the incident as a turning point.

“The event was very regrettable, there’s no doubt about it,” Braddy said. “… I never did anything I think would question my sincerity in regretting what I did and moving forward, and that’s all I can give the voters now to take that into consideration.”

Lowe was arrested on DUI charges March 21, and has accepted the State Attorney’s sanctions related to the charge.

“I do apologize for the actions and poor judgment I showed in getting behind the wheel after having consumed alcohol,” Lowe said. “I do greatly regret this decision and am willing to accept responsibility for that.”

Lowe said he will work hard to restore the confidence and trust that the people of Gainesville have shown him.

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