August 16- Endorsements that Matter from Long-term Gainesville Neighbors, Co-workers and Community Leaders

I humbled by all the local support and encouragement from long-term Gainesville residents and District 4 voters whom I have known for years as childhood friend, team member, student, player, co-worker, boss, neighbor, and fellow community leader. Nineteen of them took the time to write, sign, and/or send in Letters of Endorsement to the Gainesville Sun about me published in print or online. I compiled them on my TESTIMONIALS page on my website. Below are key excerpts from each that help to explain what kind of person and leader I will to be for District 4. Christine Denny- President, Co-Founder of First Magnitude Brewing Company, District 4 Voter “Working with Christian gave me the understanding of the innovative, impactful things a small business can do” Erica Bloomberg-Johnson (Analyst), Cathy Clayton Boone (Pediatrician), Greg Grooms (Business Owner, District 4 Voter), Andrea Holbrook (Business Owner, District 4 Voter), Lauren Indelicato (Nurse), Jeff King (Engineer, District 4 Voter), Will Olinger (Business Owner), Tucker Ryals (Sales, District 4 Voter), Eric Wubbel (Accountant) “Christian is not a professional politician, and he will serve without ulterior motives.” Kim Tanzer- Architect, Retired UF Professor, Gainesville Neighborhood Voices Inc., District 4 Voter “I am convinced that only one candidate, Christian Newman, has the maturity, wisdom, open-mindedness, and combined scientific and financial background to help move Gainesville forward.” Thomas Hawkins- Attorney, City Plan Board Member, former City Commissioner, UF Faculty “I cannot think of a person more suited to public service than Christian Newman.” Sam Welker- Retired SBAC English and History Teacher, SBAC Administrator, EHS Soccer Coach, District 4 Voter “Christian turns every challenge into an opportunity for growth. Most important, Christian always thinks of others before himself.” Dean Mimms- Retired City of Gainesville Planner, District 4 Voter “His even temperament, consistent preparation, thoughtful questions, and respectful demeanor towards the public and his fellow Plan Board member…bode well for the City Commissioner that he promises to be.” Alexis Hampton- UF Fiscal Assistant, District 4 Voter “He has proven over and over again his ability to provide an opportunity for all he has led to strengthen their skills” Jamie McClave Baldwin- President, Infotech Consulting “… smart, trustworthy, hard-working, research- and data-oriented, kind and compassionate.” Diana Brantley- Retired SBAC English Teacher and Administrator, District 4 Voter “Most of all, his good heart will motivate him to do the best he can for all of us.” Jon Dain- UF Faculty, District 4 Voter “… Christian Newman recognizes that he does not know everything — that effective governance requires engaging citizens in the decision-making that affects them.” Della McMillan Wilson- Retired UF Professor, District 4 Voter “…he has an appreciation and understanding of our unique "culture" of distinct neighborhoods.” I am not a political insider who relies on endorsements cultivated during my career to get elected. I was encouraged to run as another way of giving back to Gainesville by a fellow Eastside High School graduate, whom I coached at Eastside when he was in high school, and who served as a City Commissioner. If you want to know me better, I encourage you to read them as you decide who you want representing you for the next four years. Your vote can ensure that we elect a City Commissioner who is a home-grown kid that became a teacher, coach, business owner, environmental scientist, father, volunteer, renter, homeowner, and City Plan Board member, all in Gainesville. I am running because Gainesville invested in me, and I want to return the investment. There is one week left, and we are in the home stretch. Every donation will help ensure that we get to every voter. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Thank you, Christian Newman

August 13- Early Voting Has Started!

I thought about using the following Subject, "This Is the Most Important Election in My Lifetime!" but candidates and politicians always say that kind of thing. However, it is a true statement for me. Why? I have never run a campaign or been a candidate. I have been a Gainesville teacher, coach, mentor, business owner, research director, board of director, and City Plan Board member, all of which provide me with the leadership and decision-making experience to give back and serve Gainesville as your District 4 City Commissioner. When I graduated from Eastside High School in 1987, I was inducted into the Eastside High School Hall of Fame for "Leadership." The plaque still hangs in the auditorium, much to my teenage kids' embarrassment. I was shocked when I was given the award because even though I was involved in many high school organizations and teams, I was never an officer or a captain in any of them. When I asked why I was given the award, my teachers said I led through service to others which to an 18-year-old was a bit confusing. Since then, I have come to understand and embrace the concept of servant leadership as a framework for leading and being led. I will bring that approach to the City Commission. It is time for Gainesville voters to lead. Even though this election is the most important in my lifetime, that is NOT why you should vote. Participating and voting in local elections directly influence our day-to-day lives. When you vote, you are leading because you choose the elected representatives who will serve you and your neighbors. We want leaders that want to serve you and be led by you. Many great candidates are running in Gainesville and Alachua County. Please plan to Vote Early. I will be City Commissioner that believes in servant leadership. I will make common sense, evidence-based decisions, but I can't do it without your support. I am in the home stretch, and your donations will help ensure that I get to every voter. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Thank you, Christian Newman

August 9- Two Weeks Left to Election Day- Get out the Vote!

In life, we all face different turning points. Some are put on us by circumstances outside our control, but sometimes we make choices that at the time seem inconsequential but turn out to be life-changing. For me, there are two that are similar. The first was when I decided to join Teach for America out of college and teach underserved kids. The second is when I started a small environmental company with friends and family right out of graduate school. In both situations, I had no clue how hard it was going to be, and to be honest, if I had known more, I am not sure if I would have made those choices and taken those risks. BUT on the other hand, they were the two of the most important and rewarding choices besides starting a family. I learned so much about myself but more importantly I learned about people, organizations, and society. Ultimately, we can bring change when we all understand that we need to serve each other. This campaign is turning out to be like those two other choices. It has been hard, but I am learning a lot about you, Gainesville, and myself. For example, although having my team knock on over 4300 doors in the summer is incredibly hot and sweaty, I am getting to walk the streets and see amazing neighborhoods all over District 4. Growing up in Gainesville, I naively thought I had seen most of Gainesville. I was wrong. I am humbled when people answer the doors and talk with me no matter what they say. It brings me joy because we all love Gainesville. On Saturday (August 13), early voting starts. Gainesville needs you to vote, and we are having a Get Out the Vote Event Saturday at First Magnitude Brewing Company from 11:30 to 1:30 PM. Many other candidates will be there, but more importantly, we will talk about how you can help make a difference in getting people to vote. This August 23rd local election is important, and we want new leadership reflecting people's will. The event is open to the public, and all Gainesville voters are encouraged to attend. We need elected officials with common sense, transparent leadership experience. I will bring that to the City Commission, but I can't do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Thank you, Christian Newman

August 5- I Was the Only District 4 Candidate There Last Night

I was there last night to try to convince the City Commission to protect Gainesville's neighborhoods and our character. Unfortunately, the current Gainesville City Commission voted to eliminate single-family zoning last night. Over the previous two days, I attended an event at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Porters, the rally last night before the Commission meeting, and then waited five hours to speak to the City City Commissioners. I heard passionate pleas and evidence-based arguments against eliminating single-family zoning from citizens across Gainesville from all backgrounds and experiences. When I spoke, I emphasized that residents and voters don't understand and don't want this change and that the City needs to do more analysis and engagement with neighborhoods and residents to be convinced it will address affordable housing in Gainesville. Four of the Commissioners did not agree with me, the County Commission, their advisory boards, experts, voters, and the thousands of signed residents' petitions, but this is not over. If elected, I will work with my fellow commissioners in January to reverse the changes and find a new path forward to address affordable housing. Eleven other candidates also have made the same commitment. This issue has galvanized Gainesville to come together like no other issue I have ever seen in my forty years in Gainesville. Everyone recognizes we need to create more affordable housing. Still, we want a Gainesville solution collaboratively developed and supported by Gainesville neighborhoods and residents, not by out-of-touch outside interests. Although it is frustrating, I am inspired and see an opportunity. Why? This issue has brought Gainesville residents together and led to a new local grassroots Florida nonprofit organization called Gainesville Neighborhood Voices, Inc. (GNV). They formed to work to stop the elimination of single-family zoning but also want to be part of the solution. I support their long-term goal to work collaboratively to define a viable path forward that will result in affordable housing, equity, and smart growth. I agree that we need to build trust with a network that protects the history and diversity of Gainesville neighborhoods and preserves the character of neighborhoods for current and future residents and families. I encourage you to learn more about Gainesville Neighborhood Voices, Inc. as they stand this new organization up. It makes me angry that eliminating single-family neighborhoods is the current hot-button issue. Still, we should also focus our collective efforts on three core themes 1) Resiliency- Protect our neighborhoods, invest in public and electric grid infrastructure, and create affordable low-income and workforce housing 2) Opportunity- Increase business and job opportunities for local residents, drive investment in east Gainesville, and support community youth programs 3) Inclusivity- Implement actual public participation to include impacted stakeholders for major decisions and listen to citizens and experts. I want to get us headed in the right direction. It will take elected officials with common sense leadership experience. I will bring that to the City Commission, but I can't do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Mail-in voting has started, early voting starts next Saturday (August 13), and election day is Tuesday (August 23). As you cast your vote, please remember I was there last night (August 4) to protect Gainesville's neighborhoods and residents when the City Commission voted to harm neighborhoods against residents' will and without evidence. I will bring common-sense, evidence-based decision-making to Gainesville. Thank you, Christian Newman

July 23- District 4 Voters Keep Asking Me About Climate and Clean Energy

One of the odd things about this campaign is that even though I am a wildlife biologist doing research related to climate and clean energy, I forget that no one knows. I research projects to figure out how we can cost-effectively, reliably, and sustainably achieve society's urgent clean energy goals for the electric power industry; I focus on the challenges and opportunities for species and ecosystems. We must move to renewable and clean energy solutions as quickly as possible, but our energy grid and economy need tremendous innovation and investment. The good news is that industry, researchers, and governments are finally serious. There are pathways, but each has uncertainty with both positive and negative impacts on the environment and society. The changes and impacts of climate change are our most significant risks. Still, as we move to renewables and clean energy, there will be considerable environmental, social, and economic impacts – good and bad. I know we all are frustrated with GRU, but we must remember that we are the owners of GRU. They serve us and, if we make intelligent strategic decisions, GRU can benefit our residents. We can help address climate change by recognizing that GRU is a small (~100,000 customers) publically utility. So what can we do in Gainesville? In addition to some ongoing actions by GRU, let us focus on: • "Electrification"- Simply put, this means transitioning our local economy away from fossil fuels to electricity. This is what the electric power industry is trying to do as quickly as possible. The most direct example is enabling every vehicle to run off electricity. It will require electric grid improvements and other investments over time. Electrification is one of the most important things we can do to decarbonize and address climate at the local and global levels. It also has the added benefit of lowering our resident's overall "energy" costs when you factor in what people spend on gas. It can't and won't happen overnight, but we must do everything we can. •Strategically Replacing Fossil Fuel with Solar and "Storage"- In order for us to be 100% renewable, we need base load to manage the grid. Eventually, as battery and other storage technology becomes economically accessible, we can phase out our traditional generation, but we can't move to all renewables right now. This transition also requires the upgrades needed for electrification. At this point, solar energy is the lowest cost type of new energy generation. We need to have a plan to phase out our fossil fuel generation with solar. Still, we also need to start having conversations about whether GRU and the residents will own and operate those new solar generation facilities or whether we will pay others to provide that power. This decision has social, economic, and environmental trade-offs. I know we are constrained by past GRU decisions, our small size, and the need to lower our District 4 utility rates, but I believe that we can get Gainesville headed in the right direction – I just can't do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going very well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook This final month is critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election on August 23. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

July 15- We Need Effective Public Participation

One of my core beliefs is that organizations and communities achieve better outcomes with effective “Public Participation.” I had an opportunity to be trained by the International Association for Public Participation in public participation. They define it as “any process that involves the public in problem-solving or decision-making and uses public input to make decisions.” Depending on the level of public impact needed, it can range from “InformingConsultingInvolving CollaboratingEmpowering.” It can be challenging, but it creates more transparency, trust, and understanding for significant decisions. As a City Commissioner, I want to see Gainesville incorporate effective public participation throughout our City government. Unfortunately, our current City Commission wants to eliminate single-family zoning throughout Gainesville. They have not done effective public participation, but we still have an opportunity to participate. I have stated numerous times that I will protect single-family zoning. Gainesville residents should be able to choose single-family neighborhoods, and I oppose proposals to eliminate them. One way you can still participate in signing this PETITION that local neighborhood experts in landuse planning are organizing. My wife and I signed it. Finally, you can also participate by voting. Some of you will get your “Mail in Ballots” in the next few days. I hope that I have earned your vote. Please fill them out and return them. This is a change election on the local level and for Distrrict 4. I will bring back common sense decision-making using my local experience, perspective, and temperament gained from being a kid, teacher, business owner, environmental scientist, and a voluntary City Plan Board member in Gainesville. I want to get us headed in the right direction, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going very well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The following month is critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

July 5- Gainesville Deserves Honesty

In my years as a teacher, environmental scientist, business owner, and coach, I have learned one lesson that stands above the rest: honesty matters. On July 3, another candidate for City Commission sent an email misrepresenting my position on zoning in Gainesville’s neighborhoods. Here are the facts: I will protect single-family zoning. Gainesville residents should be able to choose single-family neighborhoods, and I oppose proposals to eliminate them. We all get frustrated when politicians misrepresent the facts. All candidates, particularly at the local level, must do better. This is why I took the ProTruthPledge. This may seem like a symbolic gesture, but pledges and oaths mean something to me. From 2017 to 2021, I served as a volunteer on the City Plan Board. This valuable experience has helped prepare me to be your City Commissioner. I learned a lot about how Gainesville works and the ways in which I believe it needs to change. The City Plan Board is advisory to the City Commission for zoning changes. The public meetings allow residents to learn about proposals early in the process before going to the City Commission. The City Commission did not always take our advice. In 2018, the City Plan Board recommended the City Commission consider several options to address our affordable housing problem. One option, called GNV Rise, was to incentivize affordable housing by offering density bonuses for new subdivision projects of at least five lots. I voted for the City Commission to consider this a potentially reasonable option to encourage the private sector to provide market-rate housing. At the meeting, no local expert testimony occurred opposing the options. I encourage residents and voters to watch the meeting and review all the information presented to the City Plan Board and the public that night: Meeting Link. I never voted to allow six-unit multiplexes on any residential lot in the city. Any person who says otherwise either does not understand the role of the City Plan Board or is intentionally misleading voters. I am committed to strengthening Gainesville, creating a diverse and equitable economy, and empowering our citizens. I believe voters want honesty and humility in their elected leaders. This is my first political campaign. But this is not the first time I have competed in life. I stand by my record the same way I will stand for you as a commissioner. In this campaign and on the City Commission, I will challenge attempts to mislead the City Commission and the public. Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Thank you, Christian Newman

July 1- Elimination Single Family Zoning- My Position

On Tuesday Night, the Duckpond Neighborhood Association had a candidate forum and asked the following two questions. We only had one minute to respond but If could I could have read a statement, it would have said the following for each question. What is your position on changing city zoning rules so as to allow three or more units, including quadruplexes, on all single-family lots? I am adamantly opposed to the change and have been clear since it was proposed to the public. As a city commissioner, I will protect single-family housing as a choice available to Gainesville residents. The change in zoning rules is being presented as part of a range of solutions offered by consultants and City planning staff to address affordable housing. Affordable housing is a real problem in our community and is a complex issue that will take multiple ongoing strategies to address. However, I am opposed to this change for three main reasons. 1) The City has not directly engaged with the neighborhoods that will be impacted by this decision, such as mine (University Park), yours, Porters, 5th Ave, and others. 2) The City has not done an analysis showing the changes to our community (good or bad) at the neighborhood level to inform and engage with all stakeholders and neighborhoods to make an "evidence-based decision" on such a critical change that will fundamentally change Gainesville. 3) The City has not provided evidence that this change will achieve affordable housing in a city like Gainesville, given our land-use history and the University of Florida. Why do you believe you will be able to influence other decision-makers on this issue? I was on the City Plan Board and I live in a neighbhorhood that will be impacted by this decision. I have a technical and practical understanding of the issue and ramifications for District 4 and Gainesviille. I know how to effectively communicate with decision makers who are willing to listen and make evidence-based decisions. I have already started trying to incluence decision makes. I provided my written opinion to the City Plan Board and attended their recent meeting to listen. I provided information on my Facebook Page and through direct emails to voters in District 4 to let them know about this change and gave them links and references to information for them to form their judgment and engage with our current elected leaders. I plan to send written comments to the City Commission as a resident likely impacted by this proposal. I will continue to engage and support local experts, residents, and citizens to change the vote of the Current City commission. Currently, Mayor Poe, Commissioner Hayes-Santos, Commissioner Saco, and Commissioner Areola have indicated they are in favor of this change. Their votes can and should be changed. I am also listening to planning and legal experts on what the next City Commission could do to mitigate if they pass these changes. Finally, if elected, I will work with my fellow City Commissioners to reverse the changes. We need elected officials who have experience making complicated decisions by weighing all information and listening to our residents. I have that experience from being on the City Plan Board, serving on Board of Directors for companies, managing large public participation programs, and running multiple businesses. As someone who grew up in Gainesville, the elimination of single family neighborhoods is the current hot button issue but we should also focus our collective efforts on three core themes 1) Resiliency- Protect our neighborhoods, invest in public and electric grid infrastructure, and create affordable low income and workforce housing 2) Opportunity- Increase business and job opportunities for local residents, drive investment in east Gainesville, and support community youth programs 3) Inclusivity- Implement real public participation to include impacted stakeholders for major decisions and listen to citizens and experts. I want to get us headed in the right direction it will take elected officials with common sense leadership experience. I will bring that to the City Commission, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going very well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The next few months are critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

June 25- Very Important Local Election

We are all getting bombarded with information from candidates running for offices this fall; and to be honest, it can be overwhelming. However, for the City of Gainesville, this is a “change” election. Four (District 2, 3, & 4 and Mayor) of the seven seats on the City Commission are on the ballot. Historically, voter turnout is low for local elections but local elections have the most direct impact on our day to day lives. For democracy to work and for the City to elect people that represent all residents, we need people to vote on August 23. Some races like mine will determine who represents the City on the next commission. Other races will likely to go to runoffs in November. Regardless, it is important that we know who all the candidates are even if you can’t vote for them because they will be making decisions that will impact all of us. Tomorrow (Sunday, June 26 at 1:30), the League of Women Voters of Alachua County is holding a Primary Election Candidate Forum via Zoom where every candidate will introduce themselves and will be asked four (4) questions. It is one of the best ways by which we can learn about candidates. I strongly encourage you, your family, and friends to listen. Here is the registration link: LWV Virtual Candidate Forum- Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 I will be listening to the other candidates and I will speaking. The Candidates for City Commission (District 2, 3, & 4) will be speaking around 2:20 PM. I hope the moderators ask each of the candidates about their views on the current City Commission effort to eliminate single family zoning throughout Gainesville. I have been clear when I am asked about this issue. We all want more affordable housing; however, I am opposed to this change because the City has not directly engaged with the neighborhoods that will be most affected, has not done an analysis showing the positive or negative changes to neighborhoods throughout Gainesville, and most crucially has not provided evidence that this change will result in affordable housing in Gainesville. We need elected leaders who will listen and make decisions based on evidence. As a wildlife biologist and environmental scientist, my job is to do research to find evidence to support good environmental decision making. As a City Commissioner I will apply evidence based decision making when voting on changes that will impact the lives of my community and neighbors. Please attend the LWV event and learn more about me. I want to focus on Resiliency- Making Gainesville stronger, Opportunity- Creating a diverse and equitable economy, and Inclusivity-Empowering our citizen, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going very well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The next few months are critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for however you can help. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

June 5- Potential Big Changes For Gainesville-Did you know?

The City is considering major changes to our zoning and landuse for every single family residential neighborhood in Gainesville including District 4 (Golfview, College Park, University Park, Hibiscus Park, Duckpond, Gateway Park, Oakview, Northeast Neighbors, Greater Northeast Community, Debra Heights, Pine Park, Fores Ridge, Brywood, Raintree, Mason Manor, Hermitage, Featherwood, Ridgewood, Ridgeview, and Stephen Foster) where I am running for election. These changes are part of a menu of strategies by a planning consultant firm hired to provide options to address affordable housing, which is a real issue in our community. However, District 4 will be the most affected by these zoning and landuse changes, particularly for neighborhoods near the University and Downtown. Some of the changes that offer density bonuses for affordable housing deserve consideration at this time; but others that remove existing density limitations in single family neighborhoods will fundamentally change the character of Gainesville and be irrversible. The current discussions and analysis do not consider or show all of the ramifications for Gainesville all neighborhoods, particularly District 4, where homes near the Universtity will likely be replaced with student rentals. I don’t believe that the City has done enough analysis to provide evidence that removing density limitations will result in more affordable housing in a city like Gainesville to make a such a consequention decision at this time. In addition, they have not directly engaged in a planning process with neighborhoods and residents that will be most impacted. Big challenges like affordable housing may sometimes take bold action; but action should never come at the expense of collaborating with the most impacted residents to find the best solutions for supporting neighborhoods and achieving larger community goals. I encourage you to learn more and to join me and others at the upcoming City Plan Board meeting on Monday night (June 6) and subsequent City Commission meetings. •City Plan Board Special Meeting- Tomorrow, June 6 at 6:30 oAgenda- See pdf agenda, which has links to supporting materials •Affordable Housing Action Plan •Exclusionary Zoning & Inclusionary Zoning Study Your voice matters. You can attend the meetings and send emails to City that will be part of the record and should be used by the City to make decisions on such an important issue. Your vote also matters. I am focused on Resiliency- Making Gainesville stronger, Opportunity- Creating a diverse and equitable economy, and Inclusivity-Empowering our citizens. We need elected officials who have experience making complicated decisions by weighing all information and listening to our residents. I have that experience from being on the City Plan Board, serving on Board of Directors for companies, managing large public participation programs, and running multiple businesses. I also grew up in Gainesville and know we need to deal with difficult issues like affordable housing and growth Gainesville but to get us headed in the right direction it will take elected officials with practical leadership experience. I will bring that to the City Commission, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going very well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The next few months are critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

May 3- Let’s get Gainesville’s house in order

I shouldn’t have to say it, but we need City Commissioners focused on overseeing the function of “City Government” and have the experience to understand their financial responsibilities. Last December, we found out that a state audit raised concerns about GRU finances, but recently we learned the following from an internal March 10 memo: At the core of every issue is that those placed in charge of the GG Finance Division and the Accounting Division had no significant prior experience in issuing audited financial statements or performing proper and accurate accounting transactions in a governmental environment. This is at the core of the financial recording and reporting issues, and the issues with the implementation of the Workday software and is a direct result of the decisions and oversight of prior City leadership. As much as I am focused on Resiliency- Making Gainesville stronger, Opportunity- Creating a diverse and equitable economy, and Inclusivity-Empowering our citizens, the City can’t do those things without being responsible with the money that our citizens have entrusted to them. I will bring financial oversight using experience from my MBA at UF, running multiple businesses, and being on a company Board of Directors to the City Commission. I will ask the right questions and insist on putting the right people in place with financial experience. These are ongoing issues, and getting Gainesville headed in the right direction will take elected officials with practical leadership experience. I will bring that to the City Commission, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is going well -- we need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The next few months are critical for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Thank you, Christian Newman

April 2- Introducing a Candidate for Gainesville City Commissioner, District 4

I'm running to be the next Gainesville City Commissioner for District 4. The current City Commission has been indecisive about drawing the new lines; but knock-on wood, you are in District 4. The election will be August 23 which seems like a long time away, but I hope you can get to know me. The election is a non-partisan, open primary, which means all registered voters can vote. I grew up in Gainesville and as an adult I have been a teacher, coach, business owner, environmental scientist, father, volunteer, homeowner, and City Plan Board member in Gainesville. I am running because Gainesville invested in me, and I want to return the investment. I have seen and experienced the change in Gainesville from a small college town to a rapidly growing small city. I believe that I have the right experience, perspective, and temperament to be an effective City Commissioner to steer Gainesville in a new direction. Many residents and neighborhoods are being left out and not being engaged about all the changes, resulting in frustration and fear that Gainesville is losing its unique character. I believe we can and must do better as a City and City Commission. I will be talking about the following issues as you learn about me: •Resiliency- Making Gainesville stronger by empowering neighborhoods, proactively creating affordable housing, investing needed infrastructure, and supporting community youth programs. •Opportunity- Creating a diverse and equitable economy by supporting local entrepreneurs and business to create jobs, diversifying our jobs and economy, and investing in East Gainesville for the benefit its residents and all Gainesville. •Inclusivity-Empowering our citizens by implementing real public participation, giving citizens tools and information about how decisions are made by the City, and creating stability and supportive culture for City workers that work for us. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you as I start knocking on doors, meeting with your neighbors, and attending events. Addressing these issues, and getting Gainesville headed in the right direction again, is going to take energy, new solutions, and elected officials with practical experience that engage and partner with the community. I will fight for us, but I can’t do it without your support. Please consider supporting my campaign with a donation of $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford today. Click here to contribute now >>> The campaign is off to a strong start -- we just need to keep building the momentum that will carry us through Election Day. There are many ways to join the campaign: Donate Visit Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook The next few months are a critical time for us to build support and reach out to voters for the primary election in August. I would be grateful for whatever help you can give. Please tell your friends and neighbors about me. Finally, as someone who despises unwanted emails, I want to let you know that I got your email from a voter registration file. While I hope you want to continue to get emails from me, feel to unsubscribe because I understand. Thank you, Christian Newman

August 19- Gainesville Deserves Experienced Decision Makers with Integrity Two Weeks Left to Election Day- Get out the Vote!

I am not a political insider. I have never run a campaign or run for office, but I have plenty of experience competing as a player (e.g., youth sports, high school, college, and adult recreation) and a coach (e.g., youth sports, high school). In sports, there are established rules, you see your opponent, and there is a referee to call fouls. Unfortunately, we don’t have any of that in the closing days of this District 4 race when outside political groups are encouraged to mislead voters about me. After another incident in July, I wrote this: We all get frustrated when politicians misrepresent the facts. All candidates, particularly at the local level, must do better. This is why I took the ProTruthPledge. This may seem like a symbolic gesture, but pledges and oaths mean something to me. Even though I have been a registered democrat since I turned eighteen in Gainesville and started voting, I like that City races are non-partisan. Why? Because at the local level, we all should be focused on electing decision makers with the right experience and judgment to work with the six other commissioners to oversee a functioning local City government that delivers core services for the benefit of every resident. When I vote for local office, I vote based on experience, integrity, and judgment. I believe I have integrity and the right experience and judgment. However, voters should decide based on facts and testimony about each candidate. I put together a summary of my Gainesville Experience and Why It Matters for decision-making for District 4 and Gainesville. As you are deciding on who to vote for as your District 4 City Commissioner, I encourage you to review my Gainesville Experience and as well as the Testimonials of long-term Gainesville neighbors, co-workers, and Community Leaders Early voting ends on Saturday and Election Day is Tuesday, August 23. Your vote can ensure that we elect a City Commissioner who is a home-grown kid that became a teacher, coach, business owner, environmental scientist, father, volunteer, renter, homeowner, and City Plan Board member, all in Gainesville. I am running because Gainesville invested in me, and I want to return the investment. Visit the Website and Sign up to volunteer Follow and promote on Facebook Thank you, Christian Newman

Elected officials and local political leaders are surprised by my campaign. When I tried to talk to them last fall about whether I should get into the race for City Commission, those that didn’t know me were dismissive. They knew my opponent, that he has been part of the local political establishment and had run many of their campaigns. None of that bothered me. First, I chose to run out of service to Gainesville and knew running would be a great life experience, win or lose. Second, running a campaign is like a start-up business: you create a business plan, a budget to achieve certain milestones, and then you raise money so you can execute your business plan. I had the experience doing that and have done that on this campaign. Third and most importantly, I have an incredible support network. This has been a Gainesville grassroots effort. I was fortunate to get advice on running a campaign from Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a non-profit for former Teach for America (TFA) teachers who are running for public office across the US; I taught for TFA in the Mississippi Delta in rural Arkansas for two year after college. But running this campaign, organizing canvassing in our neighborhoods, making phone calls, getting out the word, it was all done from our dining room table. It was done by family, long-time Gainesville residents who knew me growing up, neighbors, former co-workers from the local business that I started, kids that I coached at Eastside High School, local college and high school students that are friends with my kids, and community leaders who believe that I will bring common sense leadership to the City Commission. As a result of this overwhelming support, we have knocked on nearly 6000 doors, organized a Get Out the Vote event for ALL local candidates at First Magnitude Brewery, and attended dozens of community events. A special thanks goes out to those dozen or so residents across District 4 who hosted events in their homes to spread the word to neighbors about me. Of course, you can’t run a campaign without money, and I am humbled by the generosity of my supporters. Ninety-two percent of the donations were from people that have lived in Gainesville. The remaining 8 percent came from family and friends (like my NY in-laws!) and a single donation from the non-profit Leadership for Educational Equity which, again, supports former teachers who are running for office. None of the 273 donations exceeded the maximum allowable donation. Every handout, mailer, digital ad, text, canvasser, and phone call for my campaign was paid with money raised by this campaign and not from outside pacs or political organizations. I knew I was the outsider from day one and I knew Gainesville residents would have my back to get my story and message that I am committed to strengthening Gainesville, creating a diverse and equitable economy, and empowering our citizens. I hope that I have earned your vote to elect me as your District 4 City Commissioner. I am a home-grown kid that became a teacher, coach, business owner, environmental scientist, father, volunteer, renter, homeowner, and City Plan Board member, all in Gainesville. I am running because Gainesville invested in me, and I want to return the investment with common-sense, evidence-based decision making. If you want to learn more about me visit www.newmanforgainesville.com and look at my Gainesville Experience and the Testimonials from long-term Gainesville neighbors, co-workers, and Community Leaders. Today is the last day of early voting and Election Day is Tuesday, August 23. Please Get Out and Vote, Christian Newman

August 20- Thank You, Gainesville—Please Vote