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 very pleased and honored to announce that I have been endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County! ...

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The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre has provided this wonderful recording of Gainesville's Poet Laureate E Stanley Richardson reading and performing the famous Frederick Douglass speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?".

Today many of us celebrate "freedom and justice for all". This is not yet a reality - it is an ideal. Please take a moment to consider what that may mean to those still experiencing the systemic racism and inequality in our country. We are not a true democracy until everyone can celebrate the same freedom and everyone can be assured equal justice.
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On this Independence Day I’d like to share these words from someone much smarter than me. I hope you find them as inspiring as I did. ...

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This weekend I delivered 250 signs to folks all over Gainesville and also to Hawthorne, Micanopy, Archer, Newberry, Jonesville, and Waldo. Tomorrow I plan to go to Alachua and High Springs and stop at a couple more Gainesville spots. IF YOU WANT A SIGN please message me! And if asked for a sign and didn’t get one, message me!

A huge THANK YOU to all of you putting signs in your yard and delivering signs to friends! And a huge THANK YOU for the donations this weekend! I was able to cover about half of the sign costs!
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REMINDER: If you want to vote in the Florida Democratic Presidential Primary on March 17, you need to be registered to vote as a Democrat by tomorrow. Independents, Republicans and others are not allowed to vote as Democrats in Florida.

https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home

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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