Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann is running for re-election as the representative for Ward 4.
Wangemann made the announcement earlier this week in a letter to the City Council.
Two council seats and the position of mayor are up for election in November. This year will be the first year that the mayor is elected instead of chosen in a rotating appointment system among council members. Candidates can file to run in late August. City school board positions for Ward 1 and Ward 4 are also up for election.
Wangemann decided to give up his title as mayor pro tem so he could focus on his campaign and his church. Council members may vote on a replacement at an upcoming meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled for June 2.
He was elected to the Gainesville City Council in 1986 and has served for about 27 years. Wangemann held the position of mayor from 1995 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2005.
He said the city has accomplished a lot during his time as an elected official and it’s been a pleasure to serve city residents. He was re-elected in 2009 with no opposition.
“To be re-elected, I must prove to the citizens that I represent that I am the best candidate for (the) job,” he said.
Ward 1 representative and Mayor Danny Dunagan’s term ends Dec. 31. The terms of Gainesville School Board member David Syfan, representing Ward 1, and Delores Diaz, representing Ward 4, both expire this year.