Commissioner Lauren Poe
Term 1 – 2012 - 2015
Lauren Poe was born in Minot, ND, but quickly relocated to Boulder, CO, where his brother Russell was born. Soon after, the Poe family moved to Oregon where Lauren spent his elementary years. Lauren moved to Gainesville in 1982, and attended Westwood Middle and Gainesville High School. He went on to earn a BA in History and M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Florida. Lauren is married to Emily Monda Poe, and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Beatrice. Lauren’s parents, Gerald and Cheryl, are retired teachers and still live in the Gainesville area, and Lauren’s brother Russell is a farmer in Moscow, ID.
Lauren has been a teacher in Alachua County since 1998. He is currently a Professor of economics and government in the High School Dual Enrollment Program at Santa Fe College. Before that, Lauren taught American History at Fort Clarke Middle School. Lauren was elected to a three-year term by the citizens of District 2 in February 2008; and was elected Commissioner At-Large in February 2012. In his spare time, Lauren enjoys Gator athletics, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family.
Commissioner Poe is Chair of the Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee. He is also a member, the Regional Utilities Committee, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, Gainesville/Alachua County Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Alachua County League of Cities. Commissioner Poe has been a strong advocate for open government, responsible energy policy and comprehensive transportation planning.
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