“I am happy to endorse Gail. She’ll be a champion for our environment and bring a much needed new voice and perspective to local governance.”
Alachua County Commissioner
“I have known Gail and her family for four decades. Her grandfather, Joseph Judge, was a positive influence for so many. I believe Gail to be a person of integrity that will be on the right side of the issues. I am happy to support her.”
Executive Director – Cultural Arts Coalition
“Gainesville needs the energy, drive and perspective Gail Johnson can bring to the dais. As an entrepreneur and a mom, Gail sees local issues and opportunities through a lens that is missing from our commission right now. I support Gail for Gainesville and I hope you will as well.”
Gainesville City Commissioner, District 2
“Gail has a forward looking vision for Gainesville that is needed. I support her commitment to protecting our neighborhoods and local businesses, expanding internet access to all, and working to end disparities in our community.”
Gainesville City Commissioner, District 4
“The Sun endorses Gail Johnson for the City Commission, and encourages city voters to support her in early voting that starts Saturday and on election day, March 20. We believe Johnson will bring the bold leadership needed to help make Gainesville a better place to live for all residents.”
We need to actively seek out and include people that have been locked out of the process. I will work to make inclusion a priority for our city by meeting people where they are. This means engaging community leaders and leveraging new technologies to get our citizens the information they need.
Local Business Development
I have owned and operated my own small businesses since the age of 22. While it is easier to start and maintain a small business in Gainesville than in many large cities, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed. One way we do this by supporting the development, growth and stabilization of our local businesses. These are the people who are our neighbors, whose children play together, who, on average pay higher wages and are truly committed to our communities thriving. I will work to protect our small businesses. Growing our small businesses helps keep money in our community, protects our city’s local character, and grows job opportunities in our backyard.
A healthy city is a city focused on equity. Gainesville currently ranks as the 4th most economically segregated city in America. This is most visible in our lack of affordable housing options. We must make it a priority to work with our community leaders, environmentalists, landowners, developers and our policy makers to ensure everyone has a home they can afford. Policies like inclusionary zoning and small house development allow us to maintain the inherent natural beauty of Gainesville that make so many of us want to live, work and play here.