Gainesville Commission At-Large Candidates Focus on GRU at Final 4A Forum
Published March 18th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The final two candidates remaining in the race for the Gainesville City Commission At-Large Seat 2 squared off Monday night in a forum dominated mostly by questions about GRU.
During the forum organized by the Alachua County 4A's political action group, candidates Annie Orlando and Helen Warren made it clear where they stand on issues relating to the the city-owned utility -- whose customers pay the highest electric rates in the state.
"The first thing we need to do is take a serious look at the contract that we got into that's causing this rate pressure," said Orlando, who supports renegotiating the city's multi-million dollar contract for biomass power in order to help drive down rates.
Warren says she believes selling more excess power to other cities will be the best way to reduce rates. "The more we can get other communities to come in and buy the resources we have available, the faster we'll be able to cut those costs," said Warren.
For the first time ever, the Alachua County 4A's decided not to endorse either candidate heading into next month's run-off election.
The next forum will take place on March 27 at the Alachua County Administration building, and is sponsored by the Democratic Black Caucus.
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