Barbara Brooks has beaten Andre Cheek in Tuesday’s runoff for the Ward 3 Gainesville City Council seat.
Brooks took 63 percent of the vote versus 37 percent for Cheek.
Turnout was just 7 percent, down from 18 percent citywide in November when four candidates ran for the seat and Ward 2 also had an election.
Brooks will be sworn into office Jan. 5.
Who is she: Brooks is a retired school social worker. She is married with three adult children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
How she reacted: “I’m excited about it. I don’t take anything for granted. I look forward to working for the citizens. I’m just ecstatic that the citizens trusted me enough to give me this responsibility. I really appreciate all of the candidates, and especially how Andre has run her campaign. It’s been very, very professional.”
How Cheek reacted: “You never know what the outcome is going to be. Because I trusted in what God has for me, I was fine either way. I’m happy for Barbara and I know she’ll do well. I’ll be here to support her through the whole process.”
Cheek also said she would continue to stay involved in local politics and government.
On the issues: “My goals will be to understand the needs of my ward and my city; to have an appreciation for the process of governing in order to improve the quality of life of citizens; and to commit to the growth and development of the beautiful city of Gainesville.”
What’s next: Brooks will be sworn into office Jan. 5.