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Letters to the Editor April 5, 2018

Vote for Gary Hardacre
From serving as a Scout leader and volunteering at the Alachua schools and the Community Center to serving as a City Commissioner for the last nine years, and being an active member of the Lion’s Club, Gary Hardacre has been working hard to make Alachua a better place to live and has touched the lives of many of the citizens and their families.
Gary has a sincere desire to serve his community.  After having served in the military and retiring after many years of working for AT&T, he now has the time to fulfill that desire.   
Gary would like to continue to serve the community as a City Commissioner to be able to continue supporting some of the numerous projects that he has been involved with during the last nine years and I fully support him to do so.
I have always found Gary to be very approachable when I have an issue or a concern and he has always been very responsive to get me the assistance or answers I need.   Gary does not serve to promote any particular business interest or special interest groups.  Gary serves to promote the City of Alachua and its citizens.
Please join me in re-electing Gary Hardacre to the Alachua City Commission Seat 5.
Sandy Burgess
Alachua, Florida

Support for Melanie Bishop Wells, Archer City Commission
The citizens of Archer will go to the polls on April 10 to vote for City of Archer Commission Seat 4. There are two people in the race.
In 2012, 13, and 14, the Holly Hills neighborhood experienced a lot of rain which caused the retention pond in their area to overflow. Yes, it was an act of God, but the Archer Commissioners, Manager and Assistant Manager during these years did nothing to help the situation. There was one, Commissioner Fletcher Hope, who stood with the citizens and tried to help. Keep in mind he was just one of five. Most recently (March 2018) grants finally reached Archer to make repairs.
We cannot elect someone who did nothing to help this situation. I will let you figure out who was in office during this time and who is in the race for Seat #4 now.
As a former mayor and commissioner of Archer, my heart went out to the citizens of Archer who suffered and were disrespected at meetings when they voiced their concerns. It is for this reason I will cast my vote for Melanie Bishop Wells on April 10.
Roberta Lopez, former Mayor/Commissioner
Archer, Florida

Vote for Gary Hardacre
On April 10, I will be placing my vote for Alachua City Commissioner Gary Hardacre.  I will do this because I have known Gary and been a witness to all that he does for our community since we moved to Alachua in 2013.
Gary is a tireless volunteer, through his many leadership roles in the Alachua Lions Club, tutoring students at Irby Elementary, his support and involvement with Boy Scout Troop 88, the Alachua Chamber of Commerce and diabetes screening and education.  This is only a portion of the work and the dedication that comes naturally to Gary.......and he loves the City of Alachua.
We have been truly fortunate to have had Gary Hardacre serving our community as a commissioner, and I could not possibly be more confident that he will continue to do an exemplary job in his next term.  Please take the time to vote and seriously consider choosing Gary Hardacre for seat 5.
Ed Potts
Alachua, Florida

Vote for Gary Hardacre
Commissioner Gary Hardacre has been a great supporter for the City of Alachua citizens. He has volunteered with the food program at the Hathcock Community Center. He has supported the youth athletics at the Recreation Center. And he has represented the City’s interests on numerous Regional board meetings. Gary has volunteered at the local schools tutoring our students. You could not ask for more support from a City Commissioner.
Hal Brady
Retired Director of Recreation and Parks
Alachua, Florida

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Letters to the Editor March 29, 2018

Support for Hardacre, Miller and Brown
On April 10th, the Citizens of Alachua will have an opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Every vote counts. your vote could make the difference in electing commissioners who will fairly represent you with experience and integrity and will not be influenced by personal agendas or special interest groups.
Gary Hardacre, Dayna Miller, and Shirley Green Brown are good stewards of our community and have only one agenda, to put you and the City of Alachua first.
Join me at the polls on April 10th and cast your vote.
Virginia H Johns
Alachua, Florida

Support for Shirley Green Brown
Shirley Green Brown has been a special person in the Alachua Community for many years. She has helped many seniors at her church and at the City’s Hathcock Community Center, helping with the Food program. She has teamed up with many volunteers organizing the Health Fair. She has served as President of the Women’s Club.
Shirley has also touched the lives of so many children in her years at Irby Elementary School. She has been a big supporter of all the special events in our City from the Egg Hunt, Tree Lighting, Parades, 4th of July and sporting events at the Recreation Center.
Please join us in voting for Shirley Green Brown, Seat 4, Alachua City Commission.
Hal and Cindy Brady
Alachua, Florida

Support for Hancock
I am new to Alachua, having retired from a job with an electric cooperative up in the cold, nasty, wet, not sunny northland. I am following with interest the upcoming elections for the City Commission.
As a former two term mayor, city council member, two term Red Cross county chair, two term county historical society board member, planning commission chair, airport commission member, and state board member of an organization that supports veterans, I am very interested in the history and attitudes of the candidates, and their actions.
In the City of Alachua I see a pattern of going along to get along, lack of forward thinking planning and leadership. Change is needed and needed desperately in Alachua. This does not mean the current folks are conspiring or doing anything illegal, they are just settled in and riding along comfortably, complacent if you will. They seem to have lost their vision.
With income to the city from electricity, trash, water/sewer, mosquito control, sales taxes, and other fees and sources, why are property taxes so high? A new vision and respect for the taxpayer needs to be awakened. After all, there cannot be “city money,” it is money the city has taken by force from taxpayers, under threat of lights out, home seized, etc. Treat it as such.
Restraint needs to come to them, or perhaps a new candidate needs to get in with his fresh ideas and research.
I support Douglas Hancock for Position 5 in the Alachua City Commission. Douglas Hancock has certainly done his research, attended meetings, is a generous local business owner on the wonderful and unique Main Street, and cares deeply and with passion about Alachua. On April 10, please join me in voting for Douglas Hancock for Alachua Commission.
Mike O’Loughlin
Alachua, Florida

Support for Gary Hardacre
I am writing in support of Gary Hardacre for City Commission Seat 5.   I have personally known Gary for 29 years.  He has served in many organizations such as the Alachua Lions Club, The Alachua Chamber of Commerce, The Boy Scout Pack and Troop 88. He has coached at the Hal Brady Recreation Center, and served on numerous boards and task force committees to help make Alachua a great place to live.
Gary is involved in all of these because he cares about the quality of life here for our children and grandchildren. His family, three generations of Hardacres, all live in the city of Alachua.  He has made this his home and wants only what is best for the citizens of this city.  
Over the past 15 years, Gary has worked diligently to bring thousands of jobs to Alachua.  I am positive he will continue to advocate and support economic development that promotes growth and increase job opportunities for citizens with all levels of educational backgrounds and experiences.
I support Gary because he has a proven record of improving the quality of life in our community.  If there is a problem, he quickly assesses it, helps to find a solution and works to fix it.  I know he will work even harder for Alachua if re-elected. Gary is a great city commissioner and I urge you to support him and re-elect him on April 10.
Fred Hilton 
Alachua, Florida

Support for Gary Hardacre
This letter is in support of Gary Hardacre for re-election to the Alachua City Commission. Gary has invested many years in our community, and he has shown his concern for people by serving in several capacities.
His work with Boy Scouts exhibits his leadership with our youth.  The next generation will continue to provide meaningful activities because of Gary being such a great role model. 
The Alachua Chamber of Commerce is very community and youth focused with members who work together as a team.   Gary demonstrates his concern for families through his volunteer work with Food4Kids of Alachua.  This program is in its tenth year because of volunteers like Gary. 
Our town is a better community; thanks to Gary and his willingness to serve in so many positive ways as a commissioner.  Please consider and vote for Gary Hardacre, seat 5,Alachua City Commission.
Vada Horner,
retired teacher
Alachua, Florida

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