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District 4 Candidate Profile: Randy Wells

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Randy Wells is focused on improving the quality of life and enforcing city policies and codes if he’s re-elected.

Wells, 45, is seeking re-election as District 4 City Commissioner. He is currently the chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee and chair of the Regional Transportation Planning Commission.

Prior to running for city commission, he was on the City Planning board (CQ) as chair of the Affordable Housing and Bicycle-Pedestrian boards. Wells was first elected to District 4 in 2010.

If re-elected, he plans to transform Gainesville Correctional Institution into a homeless shelter and services center. The prison closed during March of 2012.

The property could be an ideal location for a one-stop center, including housing and meal services and a place to keep belongings, Wells said. The center could also address community initiatives and small business development.

He also wants to remain focused on finding common ground for a balanced, long-term transportation plan raising the quality of the city’s transit system.

Wells discussed the importance of investing in neighborhoods and quality of life. “The city has continued to invest in green space (CQ) conservation lands and the creation of neighborhood parks,” he said.

Wells is open to suggestions and comments, and hopes his listening approach will help move things forward.

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