About Michael Canney
I have lived and worked in Alachua since 2001. I grew up in Gainesville and attended public schools there in the 1960’s, including Gainesville High School (Class of 1969). I am currently self-employed as a carpenter and handyman, with skills and experience as a a writer, artist and community activist. This year I plan to open a consignment gallery in Alachua that will feature fine antiques, art, and collectible books and records.
In 2002 I volunteered to serve on the Weed and Seed Steering Committee, and I am a co-founder of Neighborhoods United for a Better Alachua (NUBA), a local grassroots non-profit that initiated a successful community center project in 2003, in partnership with the city. The Cleather Hathcock Sr. Community Center is the result of that effort by NUBA and many volunteers.
In 2005 and 2006 I volunteered to assist hurricane recovery efforts in the wake of Katrina, traveling to New Orleans with my truck at my own expense to deliver humanitarian aid and work in relief and recovery efforts.
In 2007, I organized a campaign to apply to the FCC for a non-commercial FM community radio station license. The project was initiated by NUBA and supported by a diverse group of citizens in Alachua and High Springs The application was submitted and a decision by the FCC is still pending.
I am an advocate for participatory democracy and for open and honest government. I firmly believe the citizen is the highest sovereign authority in our political system.
I have in the past been a party in litigation against the City of Alachua, because I believe it is a citizen’s right and duty to hold our public officials accountable to the highest ethical and legal standards. As your city commissioner, I will hold my own conduct as a public official to the same standards I expect from my elected officials.
On Tuesday April 14th, I will be counting on your vote for Seat 4 on the Alachua City Commission.
Feel free to call if you have any questions.
Telephone: 386-418-3791 or 352-226-6164