Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann cruised to another term on Gainesville City Council in Ward 4, picking up 64.9 percent of the vote defeating challengers Albert Reeves and Maria Del Rosario Palacios.
Who is he: The 65-year-old Ward 4 incumbent has been serving on Gainesville City Council since 1987.
How he reacted: “I was certainly elated over the victory. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for, the great citizens that we have that put me back in office. I will ever be grateful for that. I’m really on top of the world right now. That’s how I feel.”
On the issues: Wangemann said his and council’s priorities are to attract more businesses that create jobs, continue to focus on having a vibrant downtown and midtown, and to keep a lid on taxes.
What’s next: “I think there’s several issues we’ll be working on simultaneously. I think transportation is always going to be one of those issues. I think economic development through the Chamber of Commerce and working with them is going to be an issue to keep jobs here and increase the number of jobs.”