As primary challenge looms, Al Lawson plans May 29 town hall in Jacksonville – Florida Politics

As primary challenge looms, Al Lawson plans May 29 town hall in Jacksonville

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson plans a May 29th town hall in Jacksonville, as he looks to repel a challenge in the Democratic primary from former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

The meeting kicks off at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Florida State College Jacksonville’s downtown campus.

Among the topics: food insecurity, gun control, affordable healthcare, disaster relief and recent legislation Lawson has introduced.

Lawson hosted a town hall in the same location in 2017, at a point in his term before the Alvin Brown challenge had yet to manifest.

Lawson has started his re-electioncampaign slowly and with a high burn rate.

As of the end of March, his campaign had just under $160,000 on hand — roughly half of the almost $320,000 raised, with very little laid out in the way of a campaign infrastructure.

Brown, who raised $167,000 in his first quarter in the race, had almost $128,000 on hand.

Brown has yet to seize on local issues as campaign talking points, preferring instead to message on gun control primarily.

Those on hand Tuesday, meanwhile, will watch to see how Lawson makes the sale to people on the eastern flank of the sprawling east/west 5th Congressional District.

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