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Tracie Davis, a former deputy Duval County Supervisor of Elections, is a first-term State Rep.

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Tracie Davis says Al Lawson is ‘the right man’ in CD5

State Rep. Tracie Davis and former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown both ran, and lost, as Democrats on the Duval ballot in 2015.

Davis lost her elections supervisor race in March; Brown lost the mayorship in May.

That link, however, was not enough for Davis to endorse Brown for Congress. On Friday, she broke with her fellow Duval Democrat and backed incumbent U.S. Rep. Al Lawson for re-election to Florida’s 5th Congressional District.

Quotes were provided by the Lawson campaign.

“I’ve seen the work that Congressman Lawson has done for the district and, specifically, for my hometown of Jacksonville,” Davis said. “He has done so much to support our veterans, defend affordable healthcare, and to secure funding to improve our infrastructure and the quality of life for our community.”

“His record shows that Congressman Lawson is the right man for Jacksonville and Florida’s 5th District. I’m honored to endorse him and I am throwing my full support behind him,” Davis added.

Lawson said, “As one of my peers in government, Rep. Davis understands exactly what we’re up against when it comes to creating meaningful change for the people we represent.  This is why it means so much to receive such support from her.  I look forward to continuing to work with her to improve the quality of life for all of those who call Jacksonville home.”

Davis’ endorsement may be a bellwether for other Jacksonville endorsements. Typically, she moves in lockstep with Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis and state Sen. Audrey Gibson.

It will be worth watching, meanwhile, to see if Alvin Brown can score any endorsements to counteract this message.

The Brown campaign is stumbling toward the finish line. He was down by more than 20 points in the only public poll of the race, and the local Florida Times-Union endorsed Lawson over him.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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