Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham continues to rack up regional endorsements in his re-election bid. Endorsements from nine members of the Jacksonville City Council were announced Tuesday.
Combined with the endorsement announced earlier in the month by Councilman Bill Gulliford, Latham has a quorum of support on the council of his neighboring city.
“I am overwhelmed that these committed public servants have come together to support me. We have a common vision to make our community the best place to live, work, and raise our families that we possibly can,” said Latham. “They know, like I do, that a family-friendly beach is good for Jacksonville, good for jobs, and good for our small businesses.”
Latham’s phrasing of a “family-friendly beach” is purposeful, as his campaign has made the case that Latham’s opponent, Cory Nichols, would like to open up the beach to more nightlife.
Latham’s endorsers transcended party label: Anna Brosche, Aaron Bowman, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Al Ferraro, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Sam Newby and Matt Schellenberg all offered support, with a few offering quotes describing Latham as a “hardworking public servant,” an “active and engaged mayor,” and similar encomiums.
These endorsements illustrate the power of incumbency and legacy for Latham, who still trails Nichols in terms of cash-on-hand.
Latham has roughly $23,000; Nichols, roughly $43,000.