Jacksonville City Council may be on its traditional early-July “summer break,” but Councilman Garrett Dennis isn’t even taking a pause.
Dennis, along with political consultant Dwight Brisbane and others, will host a community discussion Tuesday evening with an eye to “stop the murders.”
The event kicks off at Edward Waters College’s Milne Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
Dennis’ Council district, which encompasses areas ranging from Murray Hill to New Town, deals with violent crime on par with almost any area in the city in some parts.
However, there are some who believe Dennis’ ultimate goal is moving beyond Council toward a mayoral run as soon as 2019.
Dennis, a Democrat, has said repeatedly that Lenny Curry, a Republican, will be a one-term mayor.
If Dennis does run, he will face opprobrium from one already-filed candidate, activist Connell Crooms.
“Several people approached me … and had complaints about the media pushing Garrett Dennis to run for Mayor,” Crooms said.
“I would welcome a debate (in fact I relish it) with Garrett Dennis and Lenny Curry because I more than either one having been here before either one were in office and understand it’s about the People. The contradictions of Dennis and Curry will expose itself, and there are MANY,” Crooms added.
Dennis has yet, as of the time of this writing, to express an opinion on Crooms’ remarks.