It established me as a recognized expert in sustainability and “traditionally sized homes” and I have been honored to present at many conferences like TedX, PechaKucha, and various local governments and boards as a result. Many people may not realize this, but Paynes Prairie used to be covered with billboards, and my first Letter to the Editor was asking for these billboards to be removed. Instead of new county government buildings we need to address rapidly deteriorating roads. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Women fill the ballot for the district 1 Alachua county commission seat this election season. “People always say, ‘well what are you going to do, what’s your three, five or ten-point plan?’ I will have those plans but I’m not drafting up plans for how to create big government solutions to help and change some things once I get there.”. During that time I worked at Shands for 5 years, both in the NICU and later in the pharmacy. I’d especially like to thank Mike Byerly, who I greatly admire, for showing me so much respect during this race and for running a positive and informative campaign. Inspired to be more. Mary Alford, 59, is a sixth-generation Gainesville native. “Serving on various advisory boards and nonprofit boards and other boards around town,” added Alford. My family was close and family vacations were spent in the, or at the beach where I learned about the environment. Whether that impact destroys our community or whether it makes us stronger will depend on the decisions we make now. Also – letters to the editor, talking to your neighbors, friends and family. I am running a carbon neutral campaign and so my goal is to avoid mailers, so your word of mouth really helps! Every local voter we mobilize helps us nationally. Please vote for me, Mary Alford, for Alachua County Commission District 1 on (or before) Nov. 3. Republican Raemi Glenn faces Democrat Mary Alford for the spot on Nov. 3. While that business didn’t succeed, it wasn’t a total loss. We simply need to maintain what we have invested taxpayer dollars in. One example is the decision to expand the construction landfill in SE Gainesville. I’m still amazed, humbled, and excited for the journey ahead and working hard for a victory on November 3. I've been truly inspired by the overwhelming support by our community and now I'm asking for your help one last time.Today is the last day to donate to our campaign and we need to do one last GOTV push for election day to help turnout every last voter we can. ... You only have 5 days left to donate! Yonge Developmental Research School, … Local races are never covered enough for the impact they have on our lives which is why it's so important to elect the right people. Sometimes family knows you better than you know yourself. Inspired to be more conscious of the space we actually use in our homes I launched a startup that sold small, affordable, energy efficient, and attractive homes that were simple enough to build yourself. It’s time to do the right thing. Mary Alford, 59, is a sixth-generation Gainesville native.