Gainesville City Commission Elections End In Run-Offs

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Gainesville City Commission District 1 and City Commission At-Large elections ended Tuesday night with no candidate receiving the needed 50 percent of the votes plus one to claim an outright victory.

Harvey Budd will face Jay Curtis for the at-large seat, and Yvonne Hinson-Rawls will be up against Charles Goston for the District 1 seat. The run-off election will be held on Tuesday, April 14.

Budd said his focus now is on raising the money he needs to continue his campaign.

“I’m a little in shock,” he said. “Hopefully, Jay and I will put on a good contest, and I’ll be the winner of that.”

In his speech after the results were released, Curtis thanked his volunteers and expressed excitement.

“I couldn’t be more pleased we get to do this for four more weeks,” he said. “This is me realizing I can give back to the community and the chance is there.”

Goston, facing an incumbent, said he keeps the citizens first and that’s what sets him apart from the other candidates.

“The only way that I can say thank you to them [the citizens of District 1] is to make sure that they never have to suffer through another three years or another term of a commissioner that does not care,” he said.

Hinson-Rawls was not as optimistic. She said she had planned on winning outright, so she does not currently have a plan for the run-off.

“This is so bad,” she said. “I sure didn’t want a run-off. That is punishing me for something.”

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