Candidates from six primary election races provided their stance on a whole gamut of local issues particular to their respective races during a candidate forum Sunday hosted by the League of Women Voters of Alachua County in conjunction with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
It was held at the Alachua County Library Headquarters in downtown Gainesville.
The nearly four-hour forum had candidates from six races, including both the Alachua County Commission District 1 and District 3 races and the Alachua County sheriff's race, provide statements and respond to prepared questions from moderators in front of an audience of voters who filled every seat in the room.
Candidates for sheriff kicked off the forum with a mild debate in contrast to recent forums in which incumbent Sheriff Sadie Darnell accused former sheriff's deputy Zac Zedalis of breaking protocol while on the job, while Zedalis accused Darnell of firing him because he chose to run against her and for creating a culture of fear in her department that keeps deputies and employees worried about losing their jobs.
On Sunday, however, both candidates kept things respectful while making it clear how they differ on the issues. Read more