At Monday night’s candidate forum sponsored by the Alachua Democratic Black Caucus, Mac McEachern had to provide all the information in District 4 by himself. Neither thee incumbent, Randy Wells, nor the other challenger, Alfredo Espinosa, participated.
Commissioner Wells claimed a conflict with a committee meeting. Eventually, a surrogate for Wells name Derrick came to a separate podium to read off a statement about the commissioner’s accomplishments. Those listed were: 1)increased access for bikes, 2) no smoking in parks, 3) make neighborhoods more green, and 4) coalition building to create jobs and business incubators.
Conspicuously absent from the list was any talk about biomass, Koppers, or Bus Rapid Mass Transit; the burning issues of this evening’s forum. This ground was ceded entirely to Mac McEachern, who repeated over and over how Wells, “Sat quietly and did nothing,” while Gainesville got saddled with a secret contract with no opt-out clause, and Stephen Foster Neighborhood residents seethed with anger over a Koppers clean-up that is questionable on a good day.
Since he had the time, because his opponents were not present, Mac also took a shot at the lesser known Alfredo Espinosa, pointing out that on his website he is posing with “lots of pretty girls,” and that he thought he wouldn’t have time to serve.
In the interest of verifying this claim, I found the Twitter account mac was referring to…