An Experienced Progressive Leader for Alachua County
Mike was born in Newnan, Georgia, and moved to Gainesville with his family in 1979. He graduated from Buchholz H.S. in 1982. He received degrees in Zoology from Clemson University and Journalism from the University of Georgia, and spent two years in graduate study in Ecology at the University of Tennessee
Mike owns and manages rental properties in Alachua County. After serving on several citizen advisory committees, he was elected to the Alachua County Commission in 2000, and has served four terms.
Mike is married to Busy Shires Byerly, who works for the Conservation Trust for Florida, a nonprofit land trust. Their daughter Camille is now two years old. They live near Micanopy.