Infighting continues within the local Democratic Party with an official grievance filed against a precinct leader for supporting Bielarski for mayor

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BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Grievance could see Precinct Leader Horace Moore removed from Democratic Executive Committee

In another sign of conflict within the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee (ACDEC), a formal grievance has been filed against Horace Moore, Precinct Leader for Precinct 28, for violating ACDEC’s Loyalty Oath. expressing support for Edward Bielarski, who is registered as an NPA (No Party Affiliation), for Mayor of Gainesville.

The grievance says that at ACDEC’s general membership meeting on May 11, in front of 40 to 50 Zoom meeting attendees, Moore asked to speak and publicly stated that he supported Bielarski for mayor.

The grievance goes on to state that “it is undisputed that Edward Bielarski is a non-Democrat and that there is at least one Democrat (both David Arreola and Harvey Ward) in the same race for mayor of Gainesville. Horace Moore is therefore in violation of the language of the loyalty oath which states: “I will not support any non-Democrat against a Democrat in any election other than in court races”.

The grievance also states that Moore knew Bielarski was not a Democrat because that information was discussed at the meeting and when Moore was about half a minute into his statement, the ACDEC president said. cut off Moore’s microphone “and asked him to carefully consider his words, and consider that he was violating the loyalty oath, which could result in consequences, including his removal from the DEC.” ‘Horace Moore was shouting F*** YOU to the DEC President Mr. Moore then left the meeting.

The grievance asks ACDEC to remove Moore from the organization, if he does not voluntarily resign, and to be denied admission to “any ACDEC meeting or ACDEC gathering where discussions on strategy or activities on behalf of our mayoral candidates are likely to take place. ”

Another ACDEC member submitted a memo documenting a voicemail from Moore in which Moore allegedly said, “I think it’s totally stupid for us to have to…support…people who know nothing about the management of a public service and the city in the ground… I’m going to support Bielarski, and they were crazy to fire him, one thing, and now they want to prevent him from being mayor. This member said he reminded Moore that he could support any candidate he wanted as long as he resigned from ACDEC, and that he could vote for any candidate he wanted. wanted, even as a member of ACDEC. This member also reported that Moore said if a grievance was filed he would fight it and that “he had contacts in the black community in several surrounding counties and the Democratic Party needed him more than the Democratic Party” .

The chair of the grievance committee has 45 days from the date of the complaint (May 15) to investigate complaints against members.

Moore declined to comment for this article.