Duval Democratic Party chair endorses Alvin Brown for Congress

Alvin Brown

Duval County Democratic Party chair Lisa King leads a wave of Jacksonville endorsements for Alvin Brown for Congress.

The endorsement of King, appointed to Jacksonville’s Planning Commission during former Mayor Brown’s tenure, and other prominent local Democrats signals that Brown’s implicit desire to make the Democratic primary race with Al Lawson in Florida’s 5th Congressional District a matter of “Duval Vs. All Y’all” (to borrow a phrase from current Mayor Lenny Curry).

“This election is too important to sit on the sidelines, and I am thrilled to endorse Alvin Brown for Congress. His exemplary record of fighting for higher wages, a stronger education system for our kids, and more job opportunities for our servicemen and women proves what kind of representative he will be for the 5th District. As a military mom, I know that Alvin Brown will bring the voice and energy we need to address the serious issues facing Florida and our country,” King asserted.

Other endorsers rolled out in Wednesday’s wave include former Jacksonville Human Rights Commission Chair Mario Decunto, Duval County Black Caucus Chair Hazel Gillis, and former Northeast Florida United Way CEO Connie Hodges.

“As we begin our people empowerment campaign, I am honored to receive support from local leaders who have dedicated their lives to giving a voice to the voiceless. We have a long fight ahead of us when it comes to improving the quality of life for all Floridians, and in Congress, I will be on the frontlines as we take on that fight to improve the quality of life for all in the 5th Congressional District,” Brown asserted.

Brown is taking advantage of an as yet unlaunched re-election campaign by Lawson to score some news cycle wins.

He rolled out the endorsement of former Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver last week, and he also has messaged heavily on the incongruity of Lawson applauding President Donald Trump during the State of the Union.

A.G. Gancarski

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

One comment

  • Frankie M.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    It’s funny how AB is running the opposite type of campaign he ran when he was running for mayoral re-election. As soon as the $$ turned on him in that race you knew it was over. I expect this race will be no different. Rummel only supported AB bc he wasn’t Hogan. The bar was low. Kind of like it is for the starting qb position for the Jags. This election will come down to turnout & it will be a referendum on Trump.

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