Gussie Boatwright is a 5th generation Levy Countian. She was a member of the first class of African-American students who were transferred to Williston High School to begin the process of integration. Graduating from W.H.S. in 1973, she was elected student council president.
Gussie is married to her high school sweetheart, Willie. All four of their children are W.H.S. graduates. They have two grandchildren.
A graduate of Bethune Cookman University (Cuma Sum Laude), she was employed with UF Heath for 43 years, retiring as manager of security operations.
Gussie is one of the founding members of Fountain of Life Church in Williston. She “values faith, family and community.” Her favorite passage from the Bible is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13
An admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of her favorite quotes is “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.”
Nick Williams is a former executive director of an environmental nonprofit. He has worked as a volunteer and as a political consultant for candidates throughout north central Florida.
A graduate of Mercer University in Macon, GA, he has served as a volunteer for several civic organizations and he is a long-time member of the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency for the city of Williston.
Mignon Adamavage Craig was born in Pennsylvania and she moved to Florida at age 11 and to Levy County in 1980. She is the mother of five children, five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Mignon is a senior bookkeeper and a real estate broker. She is a charter member of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Williston Library and the Williston Garden Club. She is also active in the Williston Chapter #912 AARP, the Writer’s Alliance of Gainesville and she is a columnist for the Williston Pioneer Sun-News. Mignon has been involved in politics since 1976.
Amy Gernhardt is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She majored in History and Multicultural Studies.
She is a former executive director of the Cedar Key Historical Society.
Stacey Peters is a native Floridian, as is her husband and their five children. As a daycare center employee, she “saw firsthand how ordinary Americans struggle to afford the most basic necessities.” As a paralegal, title insurance closer and Realtor, “I experienced the sting of gender inequality in the professional workplace.” As a personal trainer and caregiver for her parents, “I know firsthand how critically important good healthcare and a functioning social safety net are for the well-being of our nation.”
After the 2016 election, Stacey became politically active and she played an important role in reorganizing the Levy County Democratic Party. She is president of Democratic Women’s Club of Levy County.
Jay Bushnell and his wife, Donna, met in high school and have been married for more than 55 years. They have two sons, four grandsons, and one granddaughter. Both are retired educators with advanced degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida. Jay retired in 1996 from Daytona Beach Community College where he had been a professor in sociology, anthropology, and United States history.
Jay created a family apiary or bee business. This helped ﬁnance their careers as educators. It also provided insight into the problems facing farmers.
Jay has been very active in public service. He helped charter an anthropological group and he has fought for the protection of archaeological sites. He has written and administered a grant for historical research on the Northeast Plantation of British colonial Florida. He is currently president of Cedar Keys Audubon, a member of the Cedar Key Lions Club, and an advocate for the Friends of the Lower Suwannee/Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Florida Wildlife Federation.