First elected to the Gainesville City Commission in 2017, Harvey Ward serves as District 2 Commissioner, and was elected Mayor Pro-Tem by his colleagues this year. Commissioner Ward also chairs the city’s Digital Access Committee and the City-County Joint Water Policy Committee, and serves on the city’s Racial Equity Committee. He also served for more than a year as chair of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, and helped guide the CRA to a new iteration with a greater focus on providing opportunity in East Gainesville. He has been honored for his work on the commission by the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee with its 2019 “Harry S. Truman Buck Stops Here Award” for outstanding service.
Prior to his commission service, Harvey had a long career in institutional fundraising, directing membership and corporate support operations at WUFT TV/FM and later as Executive Director of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Foundation. A member of the Leadership Gainesville Class 29, over the years he has served on a plethora of local non-profit boards, including the Hippodrome Theatre, the American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter, and ElderCare of Alachua County.
A Gainesville native and fifth-generation Alachua County resident, Harvey is a graduate of Eastside High School, Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. He and his wife Gillian are raising their three daughters here in the community he has always been proud to call home.
Just this year we’ve added Hogtown Creek Headwaters Park to the more than 25 parks in our city, and we’re partnering with the county and our schools to preserve more than 700 acres of public land and turn school playgrounds into community assets.
To keep our water safe, we need to take steps to connect the thousands of septic systems in our community to our municipal wastewater system, protect our well fields from the threat of phosphate mining in counties to our north and from overcrowded greenfield development closer to home.
Leadership We Can Trust
I’m working on creating a city ethics review and training board as well as a plan to publicly fund future city elections. These are changes we can implement to help keep honest leaders honest and help the people of Gainesville keep and grow faith in our city government.
Gainesville isn’t just a college town. Yes, we’re a growing community that is home to a top-ten university, a nationally-recognized college and a world-class health-care system, but this is also a diverse and complex city that nurtures children, working families and elders of all backgrounds.
– Harvey Ward