Anna Brosche steps up outreach to Democrat voters by hiring Scott Arcenaeux
Anna Brosche addresses a luncheon crowd in 2017. [Photo: A.G. Gancarski]

Time is of the essence for the Brosche campaign to make the sale to Democrats.

Republican Anna Brosche, a Jacksonville City Councilwoman challenging incumbent Republican Lenny Curry in the mayoral race, is stepping up her outreach to Democrat voters.

Pivotal to those efforts: Scott Arcenaeux, the former chair of the Florida Democratic Party, who is now aboard the Brosche campaign as a consultant.

“We are thrilled to have Scott’s incredible talents on board to help Anna,” said Brosche spokesperson Ryan Wiggins.

“She is running her campaign the way she intends to run the city,” Wiggins added, “with a team consisting of professionals on both sides of the political divide working together for a common goal.”

With under five weeks until the First Election (and sooner than that for vote-by-mail and early voting), time is of the essence for the Brosche campaign to make the sale to Democrats.

That appeal has been central to her efforts since she officially entered the mayoral race last month.

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis, state Rep. Tracie Davis, and Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson have publicly offered support for Brosche in varying ways, as has former state House candidate Tracye Polson.

With no Democrat running for mayor, their support is key. What will be crucial: a full-court press to make the support of prominent Democrats permeate to those voters less plugged into the drama of Jacksonville’s City Hall.

Worth watching: whether former Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown, who narrowly lost four years ago, gets involved on behalf of Brosche.

Mayors Curry and Brown have had a strained relationship at times, with Curry often messaging about perceived failings of the Brown administration.

Democratic support cuts both ways in this battle of Republicans, of course.

Former Mayor Tommy Hazouri, running for re-election to the Jacksonville City Council, last week endorsed Curry over Brosche.

The $170,000 ad buy is being paid for by the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Curry enjoys a resource advantage over Brosche, with $3 million plus on hand and roughly a million dollars raised in the most recent two week reporting period.

Brosche is pushing forward, however, with roughly $325,000 raised by her political committee, and another $53,000 in hard money, per Wiggins.

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

One comment

  • Seber Newsome III

    February 4, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Just as I thought, Brosche is no Republican. A Rhino all along. I could tell when I was down at the city council meetings. She was always giving out awards pandering to the Democrats. Like I have said many times, her attempt to remove the Confederate Monuments will be the swing vote. Good bye Anna from local politics.

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