Connect with us
Anna Brosche talks JEA at a town hall ahead of the Jacksonville election.

Jax

JEA sale happens if Lenny Curry is re-elected, says Anna Brosche

“This has been a plan since before he got elected.”

Republican Anna Brosche was Jacksonville City Council President 13 months ago when she exercised a parliamentary prerogative that shocked local political observers.

And, in retrospect, launched the current mayoral campaign.

At a special meeting of the Council called over the then-President’s objections, Brosche refused to allow fellow Republican Mayor Lenny Curry to speak.

Curry was interested in a “mature conversation” about the “market value” of local utility JEA. Brosche went to the press and detailed what she depicted as a full-spectrum pressure campaign to privatize JEA.

The administration had been able to count on Brosche before; earlier in her term, she had shut down Council members squawking about the environmental impact of dredging of the St. Johns River.

But by that point, six months into her Presidency, Curry and his inner circle openly mocked and derided Brosche. She had not been helpful on certain issues, including children’s program reforms.

While Curry says he’s not interested in selling the utility, Brosche doubts his sincerity.

And at a town hall on the subject Brosche held with the supportive Central Labor Council Thursday night, roughly 100 people who agreed (many JEA employees) showed up to back her.

Brosche was thumped in the fundraising battle, and Curry has over a million dollars on hand at last check, roughly 10 times what Brosche has. Polls show Curry with over 50 percent support; barring a collapse, the election is over Tuesday at 7:01 p.m.

However, as she has for the over two months since qualifying, Brosche pushed through, making familiar remarks to familiar faces at the IBEW Hall, where local Democrats meet monthly.

“I would replace all of Curry’s yes people,” Brosche said regarding the JEA and Kids Hope Alliance. “We have too much power in a Mayor who may have an agenda.”

“There are only 19 people who can introduce legislation,” Brosche said. “There are so many ways a sale can move forward.”

“I absolutely believe it would be back on the table,” Brosche said. “This has been a plan since before he got elected.”

Brosche vowed to keep the utility local, noting advantages for local control.

But the current CEO is a non-starter for her, a “five-figure donor” as she described it.

If elected, Brosche vowed not to have “secret meetings” at the JEA tower with sale proponents.

“To come back later and say they had nothing to do with [the sale] was really unbelievable,” Brosche said.

“There is a concern … from Tallahassee, other places … folks in the community hearing those rumblings,” Brosche asserted. “You can’t help but wonder what’s happening behind closed doors now.”

The candidate also reassured the audience that she was not fazed by the rough and tumble political scene in Jacksonville, even as many Council members fall prey to “pressure” from a “bullying, vindictive Mayor.”

“As you can tell, I don’t take things personally. I have a really thick skin,” Brosche said.

Mayor Curry entered March with over a million dollars on hand and leads of over 30 points in polls against Brosche, Republican Jimmy Hill, and independent Omega Allen.

He is polling above 50 percent in public polls, and he will need to maintain that threshold to win outright on Tuesday.

Brosche has been hampered by over two months of negative advertising funded by Curry’s political committee, and the binary race that analysts expected months back has morphed into a group of challengers just trying to force a runoff.

Written By

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.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Seber Newsome III

    March 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    This is a pathetic woman and she knows she has lost. She is desperate and throwing out any lie she can to try to get votes. I do not trust her one bit. The Princess will gone very soon. I am sure in her last few months on the city council, she will try to get the lynching monument put in Hemming Park. I am ready for her. I have all the facts on the names on the proposed monument. There are murderers and one who was accused of assault. None of these men were innocent wallflowers. So, I will go to the public hearings will all the information that I have collected on these men and to the historic preservation board to stop this. Why does she not try to put up a monument to famous black men and women who have done positive things for Jacksonville, that would make sense.

  2. Frankie M.

    March 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Yes they were guilty of being black. Thank goodness there are truthers out there like you who continue to show us what real racism looks like.

  3. Michele Carter

    March 19, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Neither of these comments have anything to do with the article. You both trolls. Lenny Curry is a the worst kind of liar. He says, “he will introduce no legislation to sell JEA.” He doesn’t have to if one of his cronies on the City Council does. Probably Tommy Hazouri.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ron DeSantis pulls back nearly 170 Rick Scott appointments

Headlines

Nikki Fried may soon target stores selling CBD oil

Headlines

Joe Henderson: WMNF listeners let station know how they feel about Rob Lorei

Headlines

Lenny Curry defends using uniformed cops in political ads

Jax

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Dan McAuliffe, Michael Moline, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.