In the city of Alachua, transparency is key in small-town politics.
When officials from the Supervisor of Elections presented 56 absentee ballots after the election on Monday, not only was the Board of Canvassers invited to check their validity, but the public was as well.
After reviewing signatures and making no contests, Gib Coerper was elected mayor of the city of Alachua, defeating opponent Tamara Robbins 627 to 242 for the Seat 1 position.
Coerper, the incumbent, received 72 percent of the vote and will serve the next three years in his sixth term as mayor.
Robert Wilford won the Seat 2 nomination for city commissioner over Linda Lundy 568 to 290, with 66 percent of the vote.
This will be Wilford’s third consecutive term as commissioner.
“You always run like anything could happen,” Wilford said. “We’re just excited for these next three years.”
Both seats will be up for reelection in April 2019.