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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Guess which hat I’m wearing to DC? ...

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1 week ago

Mary Alford for Alachua County Commission District 1

Listening (and talking) about climate change policy for the county. Thoughts and ideas (mine) so far: 1. We need a comprehensive policy that goes across departments. 2. We need to enforce urban boundaries and densify growth. 3. We need to take care of what we have. The greenest buildings and roads are the ones that are already there. 4. Along those lines, we don’t need to spend $3M to design a new integrated county facility as in the approved county budget. We need to spend our money more wisely. Which brings me to 5. We have to get our financial house in order. The Federal government can’t be counted on for disaster funds, transition funds, etc., we have to be able to circle the wagons and take care of our own. ...

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I was very pleased and honored to be invited to sit with the Marion County for Warren table at the Micanopy Fall Festival. I was able to meet lots of supporters and got a pile of petitions! ...

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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://t.co/ERXgRBAOIz

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!

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