The big news in recent days in the Jacksonville political world has been Lenny Curry‘s attempts to get Alvin Brown to debate him by any means necessary. Curry, though, isn’t the only Duval politician having a tough time getting a debate. In Jacksonville City Council District 2, Democrat Lisa King has been trying to debate Republican Al Ferraro the entire campaign, but has been thwarted.
She contends he’s been ducking her since the tea party debate in January; she registered and he withdrew. “Another engagement” stopped him from addressing the Northside forum. He ducked, she said, a Florida Times-Union reporter and its editorial board rather than be interviewed bu them. She hopes he’ll do the Northside Business Leaders forum on April 14 and the League of Women Voters on April 20. So far he has accepted neither.
King has lost patience with the man her supporters call “No Show” Ferraro: “District 2 deserves a leader who will show up for our needs. We’ve been sending our tax dollars downtown and not seeing it reinvested in our roads. I’ve shown up for our community for years, leading the charge and making our voices heard.
“I am ready to discuss my positions and experience anytime, anywhere with Al Ferraro. Al Ferraro has chosen to avoid three public forums so far in this campaign, he owes it to the voters in our District to show up,” King said.
Perhaps Ferraro has a practical reason for refusing the debate. Odds are, he doesn’t need to bother. While King won a slight plurality of the vote, Ferraro and fellow Republican Jack Daniels split three-fifths of the vote. If party identification matters in outgoing Councilman Bill Bishop‘s Republican Ddistrict, there is a lid on King’s support at about 40 percent.
Efforts to contact Ferraro on Tuesday morning by text and by phone seeking comment were unsuccessful.