Months back, we broke the story that Matt Carlucci was “seriously considering” a run for Jacksonville City Council.
On Thursday, the former Jacksonville City Council President and chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics filed to do just that.
He will run to replace termed-out Greg Anderson in At Large Seat 4.
His focuses: public safety and downtown development.
“This campaign is about city first, being family focused, and keeping an eye on the long game,” Carlucci said.
Carlucci also can count on key support from outside Duval County, such as from former Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, who vowed to be Carlucci’s “first contributor.”
Carlucci describes himself as partisan on the national level, but less so in the local realm.
Illustrating that independent streak, Carlucci notably supported Democrats Alvin Brown and Ken Jefferson for mayor and sheriff in 2015, bets that didn’t pay off.
That said, Carlucci has very complimentary things to say about the “strong leadership” of Mayor Lenny Curry now, calling the mayor “very bold, very decisive.”
“Lenny’s got the trains running on time,” Carlucci said.