Welcome to Reelect Charles Goston

Endorsed by 4As Pac

Endorsed by Gainesville Professional Firefighters, Inc

Why I'm Running for Re-Election


Hello,


I am Commissioner Charles Goston, your District 1 City Commissioner.

I am excited about running for re-election because I care deeply about the well being of our community.


During my first term in office I have accomplished many things, yet so much more needs to be done.

I believe that people deserve a safe, equitable, and affordable place to live.


As  your commissioner, I have and will continue to be, a strong voice for  fairness, public safety, economic development, and fiscal  responsibility.

I realize the city has many challenges before us and with every challenge brings opportunity.


I  believe my experience, record of accomplishments, and years of service  to our community makes me the most qualified candidate for the job.


I  assure you that I am just as committed now as I was during my first  term, to continue working with citizens, my colleagues, and staff to  help make Gainesville a safer and more affordable place to live.


As your commissioner I promise three things, to listen, to work hard, and to do my best.


I respectfully ask for you to vote for me, Charles Goston in my re-election for Gainesville City Commissioner Dist. 1 on March 20th.


And together, let’s make a difference!

Thank you so very much.

Endorsements

Endorsed by the 4As Pac


Endorsed by Gainesville Professional Firefighters, Inc


Phalanx Defense Systems, L.L.C. pushes the limits  of engineering and design in  the creation of truly innovative armor  safety products for the Law  Enforcement, Fire & Rescue and Public  sectors.

 BETTER than anything else on the market.

Located @ 1125 NE 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601


Double Envelope specializes in the manufacturing of commercial, custom  printed  and specialty envelopes for the transactional and direct mail industries.

Double Envelope has grown to become the 3rd largest envelope manufacturer in the United States.

Located in Dist. 1 @ 2500 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609



My Accomplishments

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


‘Goston Led the Charge to Stop Friday cutoffs’

Goston  led the charge to put an end to GRU cutting off residents’ electric and  water services on Fridays after late or non-payment. In some cases, it  left people without power through the weekend. GRU has since changed  that policy.


‘Worked for bathrooms to be built at Smoky Bear Park ...”

Smokey  Bear Park dates back to the early 1960s, but did not have bathrooms. In  2015, the city completed a renovation project that included buying the  land. The park, at 2300 NE 15th St.,  saw more improvements in 2017 while Goston was on the commission. He  was vocal about the need for a restroom, and restrooms were added.


‘Worked to have SE 4th Street repaired after decades of neglect.’

‘Goston co-chair on the District 1 Business Council’

The  Gainesville area Chamber of Commerce created the District 1 Business  Council. Goston co-chairs the board, which is aimed at bringing new  businesses and jobs to his district.


‘Goston worked to help bring good paying jobs to Dist 1.’

Phalanx  Defense Systems, L.L.C. pushes the limits of engineering and design in  the creation of truly innovative armor safety products for the Law  Enforcement, Fire & Rescue and Public sectors.

Establishing  new standards of performance and excellence within the personal  protective and armor industry is done with its team of ballistics  engineers, current and former military, and advanced design engineers.  Phalanx Defense Systems brings products to market that are unique,  creative and most importantly exceed customers’ expectations. They  address advanced threats and conditions using innovative design and  material science, always focusing on gear that protects our protectors  BETTER than anything else on the market.

Located @ 1125 NE 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601


‘Goston worked to help keep good businesses in Gainesville.’

Double  Envelope specializes in the manufacturing of commercial, custom printed  and specialty envelopes for the transactional and direct mail  industries.

Since being founded in 1917, Double Envelope, with  over 400 employee owners has established itself as one of the fastest  growing, most competitive, and financially sound envelope companies in  the industry.  With four (4) manufacturing plants located in Virginia,  Florida, Maryland, and Indiana producing over 7 billion envelopes  annually, Double Envelope has grown to become the 3rd largest envelope manufacturer in the United States.

Located in Dist. 1 @ 2500 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609


‘Worked to make sure that Heartwood became a reality ...’

Heartwood  is a planned community of 34 homes along Southeast Eighth Avenue. It is  the former site of Kennedy Homes, a low-income housing complex known  for crime that had fallen into disrepair. The project has been in the  works for 10 years. Goston voted several times to approve the project.  The city broke ground in October 2017.


‘Strong advocate and supporter for major renovations to the Martin Luther King Center.’ 


“Worked to help bring much needed bus shelters to Dist. 1’

Response to Gainesville Sun Article 2/10/18


I have been asked about a recent  Gainesville Sun article, published on February 11, 2018 in the  Gainesville Sun, focusing on clerk of the court records of  African-American candidates in this year’s city elections.


I trust the People of District 1 to sort the 

wheat from the chaff.


Many  of my constituents are old enough or wise enough to know what it means  to be pulled over for driving while black. They know what it means to be  called uppity, to be charged with petty crimes you did not commit and  that were later dropped.

They know about a time when  people were discriminated against by banks that  provided overdraft  services to some customers but not to them. This is  the world we live in. Fortunately, it’s changing for the better, and if  we work together we can keep changing it for the better.


As reported in the Gainesville Sun article, clerk of the court records  reflect various charges filed against all of the African-Americans  candidates in this year’s City Commission elections, in my case going  back more than four decades. Although it has been  nearly a quarter of a century since I have been on the  receiving end of  some of the sorts of systemic indignities that people  in my district  continue to suffer on a daily basis,  I know they still  happen. How do I know? One way is because the people I represent as District 1 City  Commissioner regularly ask for my help in understanding their rights  and how to receive fair treatment. This is the sort of involvement and guidance I’ve been offering people since I returned to Gainesville after sent as a teenager to Vietnam, serving honorably in the US Army.


In the  early 1970s, as a student attending the University of Florida on the GI  Bill, I stood up for the rights of students discriminated against by  the UF administration. In those days the president of UF was a former Florida Supreme Court Justice who had voted to keep black students out of the UF. He continued to hold membership in a Gainesville country club  that prohibited African Americans from being members. When  African-American students organized a peaceful protest dozens of them were thrown into jail.


Those were tough times.  But tough times are the times characters are tested.  They can also be times  of opportunity. It was at that time and in that environment that I  helped establish a student center for African-Americans at UF, a safe space where anger could be channeled into positive change.


In the decades since then I have mentored many, many Gainesville young  people, coached them, helped them stay in school guided and assisted  them to college and to graduate.  Over the years hundreds of young people have sought my help and guidance. Despite the odds stacked  against them they had the good sense to turn their backs on bad role  models. They rose above their circumstances. They chose to do right when  it may have been easier to do wrong. These are people who made the hard  choices. They turned away from the influence of those involved in  theft, fraud, drug dealing, aggravated violence and worse.  These are  unsung heroes. We should applaud them for their strength of character  and for the good choices they made when times were hard.


Putting people first is not just a campaign slogan. It is how I have tried to  live my life. When we put people first there’s no limit to what we can  accomplish.

Thank you very much.

Charles Goston



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