WUFT News

Gainesville Election: Chase, Carter Win; Run-off in At-Large April 8

By on March 11th, 2014
Brianna Williams, volunteer, hugs Helen Warren, candidate for City Commission At-Large seat 2, when election results revealed she's in the run-off election against Annie Orlando on April 8.

Haley Stracher

Brianna Williams, volunteer, hugs Helen Warren, candidate for City Commission At-Large seat 2, when election results revealed she's in the run-off election against Annie Orlando on April 8.

Results were mixed for Gainesville City Commission candidates on Tuesday night. With a little less than 15 percent of the eligible voting population casting ballots, incumbent Todd Chase claimed District 2, Craig Carter won District 3 and At-large Commission Seat 2 will be decided in a run-off election.

“It’s candidates and issues that drive people to the polls,” said Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.  “So it would seem that we have a pretty consistent group of voters and once again that 15 percent has turned out to vote.”

Annie Orlando will face Helen Warren in a run-off election on Tuesday April 8 for At-large Commission Seat 2. Neither candidate received 50 percent of the votes plus one. Warren received 45.14 percent of votes while Orlando received 44.05 percent.

Both candidates said they expected a run-off. Warren said she’s ready for the next three weeks of campaigning.

“I want to maintain a positive vision for where this city can go,” Warren said. “I feel that if there’s bridges that can be built, and I want to be able to build the bridge that’s strongest on both sides.”

Orlando saw the run-off as an opportunity to focus in on specifics.

“Now that I’m running against one person, I think that makes it a little bit easier to focus on the issues that we need to deal with,” Orlando said.

Orlando singled out Gainesville Regional Utilities as an issue she would like to focus on moving forward. She highlighted “getting the management over there back under control, getting it back on sound footing financially and start making good decisions again.”

Alachua County’s run-off protocol will be implemented in the coming days, Carpenter said.

“Once we finish with this election, the canvasing board will be meeting on Thursday to canvas the returns from the polling places and, of course, there will be some change in the results but not major change, I wouldn’t anticipate,” Carpenter said. “Then they’ll certify the election, and once that’s over, then we’ll do the post-election manual equipment audit, and then we’ll start programing the ballots for the run-off.”

Incumbent Susan Bottcher lost the seat for District 3 to Craig Carter by 184 votes.

“Because there are so many people who are angry about GRU and their bills that they feel that they needed to punish me for that, and perhaps that’s what this is about,” Bottcher said after she called Carter to congratulate him on the win.

Susan Bottcher, incumbent for City Commission for District 3 seat, and her husband view results at the Supervisor of Elections Office. The results revealed her loss to Craig Carter. "The broader message that I brought forth did not get communicated," Bottcher said.

Haley Stracher

Susan Bottcher, incumbent for City Commission for District 3 seat, and her husband view results at the Supervisor of Elections Office. The results revealed her loss to Craig Carter. "The broader message that I brought forth did not get communicated," Bottcher said.

“When the reality is far more complex than that. And I believe Mr. Carter, once he gets into office, he’s going to learn that things are far more complex than what he thought.”

Carter was optimistic at the results party at his home.

“I’m very excited and extremely humbled,” Carter said. “The voters have spoken, and they’re trusting me with District 3, which is amazing without a doubt.”

Todd Chase had an easier time and won the seat in District 2 with 56.95 percent of the votes.

“(The result) tells me that I’m doing something right for the people in District 2, and I’m excited about that,” Chase said at his Beef ‘O’Brady’s results party.

“We have a plan for the future, but I think that the commission got off track a little bit with their vision and dream of a future that’s too far out while we forgot about the people struggling today,” Chase said.

Todd Chase, incumbent for City Commission District 2 seat, celebrates at Beef 'O' Brady's with supporters, family and friends.

Haley Stracher / WUFT News

Todd Chase, incumbent for City Commission District 2 seat, celebrates at Beef 'O' Brady's with supporters, family and friends.

Chase explained he believes the commission focused too much on future ideas rather than making the necessary, incremental changes the city needs now. He hopes to “make Gainesville a better Gainesville.”

Katie Campbell, Erica A. Hernandez, Haley Stracher and Cassandra Vangellow contributed reporting.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

The charred remains of a Levy County home are all that remain following a fire that killed two people early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014. (Virginia Hamrick/WUFT News)

Two People Die in Levy County Home Fire

Local law enforcement and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a mobile home fire that occurred in Levy County early Wednesday morning.  Lt. Scott Tummond of Levy County Sheriff’s Office said the Bronson Fire Department responded to calls at [...]


George Young, former owner of Mom's Kitchen, a local soul-food restaurant and gathering place, talks about the memories of the cultural landmark following its demolition.

Residents Collect Memories of Mom’s Kitchen

  Gainesville is saying goodbye to a neighborhood treasure following the demolition of the historic restaurant that served as a soul food and entertainment center for decades. Mom’s Kitchen, which was owned and operated by George Young and his family [...]


Claudia Aguilar, the mother of slain University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, cries with family in the family's private room at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center following the guilty verdict of Pedro Bravo Friday, August 15, 2014.  Bravo was found guilty of first degree murder. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Pictures: Pedro Bravo Guilty Verdict


Pedro Bravo stands while the jury exits the courtroom  during a break from closing statements by Assistant State Attorney Bill Ezzell during Bravo's murder trial at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Friday, August 15, 2014.  Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Pedro Bravo Found Guilty On All Seven Charges

After several hours of deliberation following a two-week trial, the jury has found Pedro Bravo guilty in the first-degree murder of his former high school friend and University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. Bravo, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder, [...]


Pedro Bravo is fingerprinted after being sentence to life in prison for the murder of Christian Aguilar in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Friday, August 15, 2014.   (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Pictures: Day Ten Of Pedro Bravo Trial


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments