You thought the election was over didn’t you? Not so fast. We have one more round to go with the top votegetters from the March 24 primary election. The run-off election is May 19. Listed below are the remaining candidates, the office they are seeking and a little about each. Note: Void does not support or endorse any candidate, we simply hope to improve voter turnout by promoting the upcoming election. Go vote!
Mayor Alvin Brown continues to bring all parties together for the benefit of Jacksonville’s citizens. Under Brown’s leadership, crime is down 10%; 36,000 new jobs were created; and Forbes named Jacksonville as the “Best U.S. City to Start a Business.”
Lenny Curry and his wife, Molly, have three children and want Jacksonville to be a city where every child and every family has the opportunity to succeed. Lenny is an accountant and job creator who started a business in downtown Jacksonville. He is uniquely qualified to manage our city’s $1 billion budget.
Jefferson served 24 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. From there, he went to serve as the expert crime analyst for Ch. 4, where he appeared daily to offer commentary on breaking crime news, current crime trends and crime prevention tips.
Williams served more than 23 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Before retiring in July 2014, he was serving as director of Patrol and Enforcement, the No. 3 position in the agency.
City Council At-Large Group 1
A graduate of UNF, Brosche has 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing and business management. She is currently managing shareholder at Ennis Pellum Associates, CPA.
Daniels is a Desert Storm veteran, criminology graduate of FSU and an international author and speaker. Daniels is also a pastor and life coach for many, including professional athletes.
City Council At-Large Group 3
As an efficient, fiscal conservative, Geoff has successfully proven how to manage a business and live within a budget. Geoff will eliminate unnecessary government regulations and encourage the economic growth of businesses, which will create new jobs in Jacksonville.
In 1987, Hazouri was elected mayor of Jacksonville, and 13 years later, was elected to the Duval County School Board. He may be best-known for eliminating toll booths in Jacksonville while serving as mayor and led the effort to eliminate the odor in the air that made the city smell for so many years.
City Council At-Large Group 5
“Pittman is the President/CEO of the Clara White Mission for the past 22 years. Her business experience and community involvement has prepared her for a seat on City Council .
Newby has been employed by PepsiCo for over 29 years and is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County. He was also chairman for the Johnson Family YMCA, where he coached recreation sports.
City Council Dist. 1
Morgan is a veteran broadcaster that served as an anchor with Ch. 4 for 11 years. She is currently a media and public relations consultant and dedicated community servant.
Anania is a Navy veteran and the owner and operator of CAM Automotive. He currently serves on the Operation Dolphin Task Force, funded by JU.
City Council Dist. 2
Ferraro started Ferraro Lawn Service in 1986, and credits strong customer service and communication skills as one of his strengths for office.
A Jacksonville-native and business executive, King serves as Vice Chair of Jacksonville’s Planning Commission and wrote the $5 million grants that saved the St. Johns River Ferry.
City Council Dist. 4
Day is a graduate of both UF and JU and much of his career has been in banking, real estate and mortgage lending. He taught at Terry Parker High and was chief of staff for former U.S Rep. Charles Bennett.
Wilson has served as staff to the City Council for the past eight years. Prior to that, he served in the Clerk of Courts office where he managed employees in multiple departments.
City Council Dist. 7
Spencer is a graduate of Bethune Cookman College with a degree in accounting, FSU with a masters in accounting, and law school from Florida International University. He went on to start his own CPA and law practices.
Gaffney graduated from FAMU and founded Community Rehabilitation Center Inc. He is a past chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority.
City Council Dist. 8
Brown serves as the vice president of Business Development for Basic Products LLC., a manufacturer and distributor of food products for national retailers. She is also managing partner of KJB Specialties, Inc.
She previously served 8 years on City Council representing Dist. 7, but due to redistricting, she now lives in Dist. 8. She is a lifetime member of Fountain Chapel AME Church.