Democrats decry ‘power-drunk’ Lenny Curry for Jacksonville curfew
Democrat challenges Lenny Curry on curfew.

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Ben Marcus suggests Mayor wants arrests, conflict.

As Jacksonville prepares for its first curfew of the riots of 2020, beginning Sunday at 8PM, Democratic candidates and elected officials are balking.

Democrat Ben Marcus, running in the Southside House District 16 against Curry ally Rep. Jason Fischer, questioned the need for a citywide curfew.

He attributes the call to a “power drunk” Mayor Lenny Curry, and challenges the second-term Republican to “prove” that a citywide curfew is needed.

“The entire city, a curfew from eight to six? How does this make any sense?”

Marcus advised the Mayor to “get yourself together.”

“All this will do is cause unnecessary arrests, and conflict. Unless that’s what you’re going for,” Marcus harangued.

“Is that what you’re going for, Mr. Mayor? Give me a break, you’re power drunk, get off the gas,” Marcus said.

Rep. Tracie Davis also had objections.

“A curfew at 8? Why are we punishing an entire city? Do you realize folks walk to neighborhood stores until they close? What about our restaurants that just re-opened? This is not the answer; just an excuse!!!”

The Libertarian Party of Duval County has also questioned the curfew’s authority.

Curry, for his part, gave the rationale for the evening curfew in a series of Tweets.

“Due to criminal activity that threatens first responders, other people, and private property, Sheriff Williams and I have decided to implement a citywide curfew. Effective 8pm today until 6am tomorrow I am putting a curfew in place for the City of Jacksonville,” Curry noted.

“Let me say this plainly, if you are in our streets after 8pm you are subject to arrest by law enforcement. No one may travel upon City streets except for 1st responders, credentialed media, people going to/from work, individuals seeking emergency care or fleeing danger.”

Curry added that “Sheriff Williams and I did not wish to implement such a policy but we simply will not tolerate criminals who threaten men and women in law enforcement and the private property of law abiding citizens.”

“This is not an effort to disrupt law abiding citizens and businesses. You can travel to and from work during curfew hours,” the Mayor added.

For Curry, who did not impose a curfew during the coronavirus period in the Spring, the reaction here illustrates the political risk he might have taken had he done so.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Frankie M.

    May 31, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Trump said this was instigated by a few troublemakers. I guess they could say the same of him.

  • Reb

    May 31, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Democrats are weak, I think they actually approve of vandalism and destruction, they approve of anarchists. Ben Marcus you are weak and pathetic.

    • Ben Marcus

      June 1, 2020 at 10:12 am

      I’m not the one rolling over and giving up their rights and liberties without any evidence presented that it’s necessary, sir. Last I checked we lived in the United States of America. We clearly have different definitions of words weak and especially pathetic. Stand up for your country, “Reb.”

  • Jed Norton

    May 31, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    You are not concerned with any factual evidence. You are simply trying to make a name for yourself threw fake news and politics.

    • Ben Marcus

      June 1, 2020 at 10:14 am

      The Mayor illegally called a city wide curfew without offering any justification and you’re saying I’M the one who doesn’t care about facts? Have some self respect sir. This is about elected officials breaking the law and suspending people’s rights.

  • A concerned veteran

    May 31, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    This is the first step toward marshal law….I have not had a gun in thirty years…guess what I’m buying tomorrow? I will not wait to be forcibly vaccinated and told when and where I can go because the mayor does not know how to police his city. I pay taxes and follow the law…we should all read the 2nd amendment…it was written for times like these. I have the right to protect my home…I feel like the “mayor” is threatening my safety…not some protest that happened 20 miles from my home. I don’t trust the police…enough said…

  • Robert

    June 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    So first an over-broad curfew from power-happy Democrats for COVID, now from GOP for protests.

    Libertarians are right. There’re better ways.

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