GAINESVILLE – Roberta Lopez, former Archer mayor and city commissioner, has filed to run for the Alachua County Commission District One seat.

Lopez was born in Archer, and in 2000, returned to the town after living in Washington, D.C. and Tampa.

In a statement, Lopez said she returned to her birthplace to give back to the community that raised her. Her first tasks as a community leader included registering unregistered voters and co-founding the Northwest Archer Community Association which developed a plan that beautified Archer neighborhoods and provided home repair assistance to the elderly.

Lopez, a lifelong Democrat, said she hopes to include a wide coalition of progressive voices in her campaign. “I know from experience that as an elected official the most important part of the job is listening to the community.”

Lopez says her goals include bringing a range of issues to the forefront of the campaign, including an expansion of economic opportunity and a return to responsive government. “I am excited and energized by the opportunity to talk with the voters of Alachua County, and to truly hear what they have to say,” Lopez said, adding, “Together, I believe that we can make Alachua County better.”