Reggie Brown to decide in ‘early January’ whether to challenge Audrey Gibson

Reggie Brown

Will he or won’t he?

That’s the question regarding termed-out Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown, who is still mulling a primary challenge against state Sen. Audrey Gibson.

Florida Politics reported on this earlier this month. Brown confirmed then that he was exploring a run to a Florida Times-Union reporter, then to this outlet.

“All options are being considered,” Brown texted. “I’m reviewing the possibilities and will make a decision early January.”

Before Christmas, rumors flew that Brown was meeting with Mayor Lenny Curry to discuss resigning for a state Senate run. However, both Brown and those in Curry’s orbit said such a meeting wasn’t happening.

The fact that the rumor is there at all, however, is a strong indication that Brown is being taken seriously as potential competition.

Gibson, who is leader-designate of the Senate Democrats, is an unlikely candidate to be primaried.

November was the fourth straight month she brought in over $10,000. Gibson has raised $118,268, with $102,095.82 on hand.

Among Gibson’s donors: Dosal Tobacco Company, Florida Bankers Association PAC, Florida Home Builders, Walmart and Walgreens. These are the types of corporate donors who don’t give to all Democrats, and they are a source of funds Brown likely wouldn’t be able to access.

Brown has won elections without massive fundraising before; his 2015 re-election bid saw him win with just $42,000.

He also is visible in the local community.

Reggie Brown challenging Audrey Gibson would immediately become the most interesting primary race on the ballot in Northeast Florida.

And it just may happen.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Voncile

    December 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Reggie Brown? The same Reggie Brown that didn’t pay his traffic fines then lied about it? You mean THAT Reggie Brown?

    • William

      December 27, 2017 at 1:58 am

      That was Reggie Gaffney, not Brown.

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