2022 Legislative Candidates

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Brian Donnelly, Marion County Commissioners, District 4

Brian Donnelly, who was born in Boston and has lived the last 13 years in Ocala, is a former three-time elected municipal planning official with extensive experience in master plans, zoning bylaws, real estate law, and engineering. A graduate of Franklin School of Engineering, Brian has represented towns, counties, and cities and helped businesses and countries around the world become more sustainable and healthier.

Brian is a serial entrepreneur and has been responsible for many innovations in waste management, agriculture, and nutrition. Brian represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and created the first environmental component to the Olympics. Passionate about sustainability, Brian has traveled the world educating, speaking, and assisting countries about to turn their trash into treasure. He has been instrumental in Lofton High School in Gainesville winning the Golden Shovel (Florida’s most prestigious agricultural award), and his company was voted one of the top 100 sustainable companies in the world by Sustania.

Brian has been in public service, in some way, since 13. As an avid farmer, artist, musician, nutritionist, and sustainability expert, Brian will shape development so that Marion County becomes healthier, happier, greener, and more in accordance with the wishes of the residents, as expressed in the comprehensive plan.

For more information on Brian and where he stands on the issues, please visit http://votebriandonnelly.com/home

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Danielle Hawk, U.S. House of Representatives, District 3

Danielle Hawk is running for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 3rd district. Danielle grew up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended college in South Florida at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she earned a degree in ministry and went on to obtain a Master of Arts in intercultural studies from Biola University. 

Danielle is a people person, which is evident with her success in the customer service industry, as well as in her long history of community service. Volunteering to make our community a better place is a priority to both her and her campaign. In her free time, you can catch Danielle in the garden, face down in a book, or hiking through the natural treasures of FL-03.

Learn more about her and where she stands on the issues at daniellehawk.com.


Yvonne Hayes Hinson, Florida House of Representatives, District 21

Representative Yvonne Hayes Hinson is a former educator, small-business owner and City Commissioner from Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1971 and MA in Special Education in 1972. For more than 35 years, Yvonne served as a teacher, counselor, staffing specialist, assistant principal, and principal.

Hinson was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2020, representing District 20. Her district includes parts of both Alachua and Marion counties. She currently serves on the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, State Affairs Committee, Government Operations Subcommittee, Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee, and State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee. Her legislative priorities include fully funding education, criminal justice reform, and environmental protection.

To learn more about Representative Hinson, visit yvonneforflorida.com.

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Rodney Long, Florida Senate, District 9

For over four decades, Rodney Long has served the Gainesville/Alachua County and North Central Florida community both civically and politically. In March 1988, he was elected Gainesville’s first single-member district commissioner and re-elected to a second term in March 1991. In May 1991, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Gainesville’s first district mayor-commissioner.

In November 2000, Rodney was elected to the Alachua County Commission and also served as President of the Florida Association of Counties for two terms. In May 2011, he was chosen by the National Association of Counties (NACo) to visit with President Obama at the White House to discuss issues facing the nation’s counties.

He is prepared to serve in the legislature and to address the critical issues facing District 8 and the State of Florida.

For more information and where he stands on the issues, visit his website at www.rodneylongsenatedistrict9.com

Ash Marwah, Florida House of Representatives, District 52

Ash Marwah is running for State Representative in District 52. He grew up in New Delhi, India, and migrated to the U.S. in 1969. He signed up for the draft in 1970 and became a citizen in 1977. He has an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in Civil Structural Engineering.

He ran a small business in road and bridge construction and design for 25 years in Pittsburgh. His experience in running a small business is extremely valuable to this position as a State House Representative.

Ash Marwah believes in volunteer work as is evident from his long history of being a volunteer coach, a teacher, a member of the planning commission, and a member of the Budget Advisory Committee, etc.

Learn more about him and where he stands on issues at Ashfor52.com