A third candidate has entered the scrum for Jacksonville City Council VP: former Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Hazouri.
Hazouri, a Democrat, joins two declared Republicans in the race, Councilmen Sam Newby and Danny Becton.
Newby has one pledged supporter already: a condition that happened without a pledge meeting, raising questions of a Sunshine Law violation from potential candidate Scott Wilson, a Republican who fell short of the VP spot a year ago.
In a letter to council members, Hazouri cites his “ability to listen, learn, and lead” and “the love each of us has for Jacksonville.”
“We will walk side by side, leaving no neighbor or neighborhood behind,” Hazouri wrote.
The race for VP is a free-for-all; other candidates may emerge.
The race for president: all but a done deal.
Current Council VP Aaron Bowman, who is a VP for the JAXUSA subsidiary of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, will be a slam dunk in a year when pretty much anyone on the ballot wants the Chamber’s endorsement.