Politics

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Voters have just hours to decide who they want to be their next mayor in Jacksonville.

"If you're on the fence, it's time to make a decision," said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Before the polls open both Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown are trying to capture those undecided voters who could tip the scale in this election.

"Typically you have a wider split. Right now Democrats are leading by about 700 votes more than Republicans, which indicates it's going to be a very close race," said Holland.

Hoping to get a leg up, both candidates are pounded the pavement Monday tonight.

"I'm going to campaign, I'm going to campaign 24/7. Working, connecting with the voters, I'm not going to sleep," said Alvin Brown.

Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The countdown is on - less than five days remain for Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan to get those final votes of support.

Brown spent the day shaking hands and meeting new voters, while Hogan worked the phhones trying to capture an undecided voter.

The two are battling it out in a very tight race for mayor. An exclusive First Coast News poll shows Hogan leads Brown by just five and a half points.

"I've never depended on them. In fact, in all of my other races, I never even knew what the numbers were...what really counts is May 17," said Hogan.

Brown said he has felt confident all along. "I think we've always said that this would be, this is a win-able race and that poll proves our point."

Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.

Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.

State Takes Action Against Companies Soliciting Fake Energy Audits

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has filed suit against Unlimited Energy Solutions, Inc., and nine individuals for violation of the Florida Telephone Solicitation Statute. The lawsuit was filed as a result of an investigation of numerous complaints received by the Department in regard to potentially illegal sales calls.

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the Jacksonville City Council's vote to create a paid fire department, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Several fires destroyed the downtown area a few months prior to the vote, according to a timeline on the Jacksonville Fire Museum's Website.  Three volunteer firefighters were injured and a fourth was killed while trying to fight that blaze.

The website indicates that the men did not know how to use the city's new fire engine.

Months later, on July 15, 1886, the Jacksonville Fire Department became a fully paid professional department.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department click here or visit the fire museum, located at 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard.
 

City Budget Online Survey Announced

With the second year of Community Budget Workshops complete, Mayor John Peyton today announced an additional way for Jacksonville residents to engage in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget preparation process.  For the first time, Jacksonville residents who were unable to attend one of the five Budget Workshops (held between February and April) may now submit their city service priority rankings online at www.myjaxbudget.com.  The online survey will be available from Monday, April 18 through Monday, May 2. 

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.