Gainesville Special Election Candidates Prepare for Election Day

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — It’s been a busy weekend of campaigning for the two special election candidates Matt Howland and Cynthia Chestnut, as they prepare for Tuesday.

This second-round result will fill the B at-large seat vacated by Gail Johnson.

Cynthia Chestnut and her team spent the weekend knocking on doors and phoning voters.

“Work, work, work, that’s all I can say. I am excited. I want to thank all the constituents who have been so kind to us as we knock on their door. said Chestnut.

Matt Howland says that when it comes to campaigning, his team continues to do everything they’ve done since day one.

“By the time election day arrives, we will have knocked on eight thousand doors that we have knocked on. So that means we’ve engaged with just over ten thousand people,” Howland said.

Howland says investing in Gainesville’s future has always been a driving force behind his campaign.

“We have to play offense with the city if we want to take advantage of the change. If we try to maintain the status quo in ten years, we will wonder what happened. We are going to be left behind as a city. We have a tremendous opportunity to invest in the future. Howland said.

Chestnut thinks it’s his range of experience that would benefit him in this role.

“I can hit the bridge running. My experience in government. My experience in elected office. I bring stability, maturity and a commitment to civic engagement,” Chestnut said.

Polling stations will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

RELATED STORY: Residents of Gainesville turned out for a citywide block party held behind the office of the Supervisor of Elections to encourage early voting.

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