In his bid for re-election as Jacksonville Beach Mayor, the well-connected Charlie Latham scored meaningful bipartisan endorsements from much of Northeast Florida’s legislative delegation.
State Senators Aaron Bean and Audrey Gibson and State Representatives Janet Adkins, Lake Ray, Charles McBurney and Jay Fant all endorsed Latham Wednesday afternoon.
“This bipartisan support for my candidacy is humbling,” said Latham. “I am thankful to have been able to work with them all to secure the $30 million in funding to fix a decades old drainage problem that has plagued our community for years. They know, like I do, that it is critical to build relationships and then work together to solve problems, I have and will continue to do so.”
Bean and Gibson offered quotes.
Bean noted that Latham’s “designation by the Florida League of Cities as a ‘2016 Home Rule Hero’ speaks volumes about his efforts and his reputation.”
And Gibson, a Democrat, crossed party lines for a rare endorsement from her for a Republican.
“Mayor Latham and I worked very closely together to obtain $30.2M to fix a 50+ year flooding problem on A1A in Jacksonville Beach. I watched him work tirelessly with the Florida Department of Transportation and members of the Legislature to make this happen,” Gibson stated.
Latham’s opponent, Cory Nichols, has a substantial cash on hand advantage: roughly $45,000 to $20,000 for Latham.
But as one consultant close to the Latham campaign noted, it takes less money to run as Charlie Latham.
Especially, it follows, when Tallahassee lines up behind you.