Why I’m Running

As a lifelong Alachua County resident and as an environmental engineer, I am running to protect our water and environment, provide good planning for climate change and growth, and to maintain our current infrastructure.

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Current and Former Board Positions:

  • Utility Advisory Board Member for City of Gainesville (current member and former Chair)
  • Alachua County Code Enforcement Board (engineer)
  • Alachua County Environmental Advisory Board (former Chair)
  • United Way of North Central Florida (board member)
  • Florida Defenders of the Environment (executive board member)
  • United States Green Building Council, Heart of Florida Chapter (President, LEED for Homes Chair)
  • Cultural Arts Coalition (board member)
  • NAACP Environmental Justice Committee Member
  • Sequential Artists Workshop (board member)

Through my work, experience, and education I have become an expert in sustainability, utility, housing, environmental and energy issues and I have been honored to serve on many local and state boards.


I am pleased to announce that I will be running a carbon-neutral campaign. Please consider this when making donations.

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I’m humbly and genuinely grateful for my life today. It is good. Not particularly easy but good. It’s full, and it’s rich, and I’m surrounded by loving people, interesting people, committed people.

I was worried, when I ran for office, that there would be shallowness, disingenuousness, ugliness. I’ve found that, for the most part, people are helpful, they want to share, and they want me to understand their positions and issues, and this has allowed me to take a deeper dive into some concerns that I thought I understood and to form relationships with some incredible folks. I’ve met some great and loving people, committed to equity, clean water, attainable quality housing, maintaining to rich fabric of our neighborhoods, a safe environment, feeding the hungry, preparing for an uncertain future, educating and nurturing our young. But it all translates to making our community a place where all are welcomed, all are nourished, all are safe, all are loved.

I don’t know how this will turn out - I don’t know if other people are going to run. I know that I am in the right place and doing what I am supposed to be doing. And, no matter the outcome, this is a growing experience for me and (I hope) positive for you as well. Thank you, everyone, for your support. I am humbly grateful for all the things you continue to share with me and teach me.
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Helping out @FacultyFlorida at the Alachua County @laborcoalition today. Our Santa Fe College Adjuncts need help and representation! If you are an adjunct, please support your colleagues and get your ballot in the mail! #UnionsForAll

It’s sad to see the county has decided to decrease Grace’s funding. Grace has served as a lifeline & safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. Enough is enough. It’s time to do the right thing. The county should live up to its agreement & fully fund their share of Grace.

Andrew Caplan@AACaplan

City commissioners are asking county officials not to reduce funding for the local homeless shelter. https://www.gainesville.com/news/20190905/city-asks-county-to-equally-fund-grace-marketplace

I'm a 6th generation Floridian, born and raised in Alachua County, and environmental engineer running a #CarbonNeutral campaign for Alachua County Commission, District 1! 🏳️‍🌈 Please support my campaign below!

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mary-alford-for-alachua-county-commission-district-one-1

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