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The Point, Oct. 25, 2022: How to watch tonight's Gainesville mayoral debate

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• WUFT News: How to watch the 2022 Gainesville mayoral debate. "Watch a live debate between Gainesville mayoral candidates Ed Bielarski and Harvey Ward, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held on Tuesday at the University of Florida Levin College of Law."

• WUFT News: Single-member districts to be offered to Alachua County voters in November. "An unusual referendum on November’s ballot offers a change in how voters choose Alachua County’s commissioners. Instead of an at-large election, where all Alachua County voters choose all five commissioners, the referendum asks if voters want to override the county charter and elect only one commissioner based on the district where they live, a process called single-member district voting. If the referendum passes, a voter living in District 1 would only vote for the District 1 commissioner instead of voting for all five."

• WUFT News: Eagle-Glenn, Alford rematch for District 1 seat. "The race for the Alachua County District 1 commissioner race features a familiar matchup, as 42-year-old incumbent Republican Raemi Eagle-Glenn faces 61-year-old Democrat Mary Alford. In 2020, the pair met in the same race — that time, both challenged Democrat incumbent Mike Byerly."

• WUFT News: University of Florida bans protests in on-campus buildings as Sasse awaits presidential appointment. "Protestors will not be allowed inside University of Florida buildings after more than 300 students disrupted a meeting with sole presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse during his first on-campus appearance earlier this month. The two-decade-old regulation will be upheld for the first time in recent years, UF President Kent Fuchs wrote in a campus-wide email, and students who protest indoors may be subject to discipline under the student conduct code."

• The Alligator: From Senate to the Swamp: A look at Sen. Ben Sasse’s Congressional history. "Sasse, a Republican senator and current sole finalist for UF’s presidency, has spent the past seven years sponsoring and passing legislation in the U.S. Senate. He’s backed laws that have limited abortion access and tightened immigration policy, and he’s proposed legislation to increase nationwide COVID-19 testing and limit the jurisdiction of unelected federal agencies to write policy, among other initiatives."

• WUFT News: St. Peter Cemetery in Archer designated as a Florida Heritage Site. "St. Peter Cemetery in Archer unveiled a state historic marker Saturday commemorating the sacred space as a Florida Heritage Site that will be preserved forever. About 120 people from the St. Peter and Pinesville communities attended the dedication ceremony to celebrate the rich history of their families."

• WUFT News: Ocala equestrian community raises funds and supplies for Southwest Florida community. "The Friday following Hurricane Ian, (Louisa) Barton and Betsy Bevacqua, who works in sales, marketing and events for Larsen Farms, packed Bevacqua’s truck and horse trailer with hay bales and horse bedding shavings. At 10 a.m., they headed to Southwest Florida for the first of many relief trips."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: DeSantis and Crist clash on abortion and economics in their first, and only gubernatorial debate. "In front of a rowdy crowd, Congressman Charlie Crist and Gov. Ron DeSantis took opposite positions on everything from the culture wars to gender-affirming care to abortion. But the biggest issue likely weighing on voters ahead of Election Day is the economy."

• Associated Press: Governor DeSantis refuses to commit to serving full term. "Crist, a former congressman and one-term governor, accused DeSantis, a rising Republican star considered a likely 2024 presidential contender, of being too distracted by his national political ambitions to lead properly. DeSantis skirted several attempts by Crist to get him to say he'd serve a full second term."

• WUFT News: What Florida voters need to know about Amendment 3 before Election Day. "Legislators in favor of Amendment 3 tout it as a lifeline for Floridians struggling in a volatile housing market, but those against it say the measure wouldn’t do enough."

• WUFT News: Hurricane Ian’s estimated impact on Florida agriculture industry tops $1 billion. "The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the preliminary damage assessment for agriculture, following Hurricane Ian. According to Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, the loss is estimated between $1,180,714,303 and $1,888,305,886. Those losses don’t just include damage to crops, but also losses to agriculture production and infrastructure."

• Spectrum News: Flooded homes hit Central Florida real estate market. "Flooded homes from Hurricane Ian are now hitting the real estate market in Central Florida. It's a trend realtors are expecting to see more of in the coming months."

• News4Jax: Fiancée: ‘No justice’ for National Guard doctor killed in bike crash as driver faces traffic citation. "It’s been a year and a half since National Guard Captain and doctor was hit and killed while riding his bicycle in St. Johns County and his loved ones say they haven’t gotten any justice. They’re upset the driver who hit him was cited with a traffic violation and did not face criminal charges."

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Ethan Magoc curated today's edition of The Point.

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