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Alvin Brown now at $1.9 million in campaign contributions

On the heels of Lenny Curry’s announcement that he’s passed the $2 million mark in campaign contributions, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is announcing he’s edging very close to the same figure.

Brown Deputy Campaign Manager Fabien Levy says the mayor’s re-elect effort has now raised a total of $1,903,370.

January donations directly to Brown’s campaign totaled $34,026, according to figures released by his campaign. Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level, a political committee supporting Brown, took in $124,350 for the month, bringing the January total to $158,376.

“We currently have over $1.3 million cash on hand,” said Levy. “Our team is in a very strong position, and the level of grassroots support from donors across the city is tremendous.”

Meanwhile, Levy dismissed a new mailer sponsored by the Curry PAC as divisive.

The mailpiece refers to Brown as “Democrat” multiple times – seen as a pejorative in some North Florida precincts – and accuses Brown of “secret backroom deals” and violating the state’s Sunshine Law.

The detailed mailer references multiple published accounts in the Florida Times-Union criticizing the Brown administration as reporters pushed for information and documents related to city government activities. The Times-Union in 2013 sued the Brown administration and the city’s Police and Fire Pension Fund board, accusing them of violating the Sunshine Law by conducting collective bargaining negotiations in private meetings.

Levy pushed back.

“Mayor Brown has always put Jacksonville first, and this is just another example of the partisan politics Lenny Curry would bring to Jacksonville if elected,” responded Levy. “While party boss Curry served as a political attack dog and put politics first, Mayor Brown was making the city’s ethics office more independent and creating the Public Accountability Office to make the city government more transparent. In his four years in office, Mayor Brown did what he said would do — he cut his own pay by 20 percent, cut wasteful spending, and saved Jacksonville voters millions of dollars.”

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In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at m.ross66211@gmail.com.

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