Tag: Congressional District 5

A.G. GancarskiOctober 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a first-term Democrat representing Florida’s 5th Congressional District, is no stranger to the counties of the district. That holds especially true for some of the most grievously storm-impacted areas, such as Leon and Gadsden counties, areas he has known since he was born. While Hurricane Michael made landfall in Bay County, the […]

A.G. GancarskiMarch 28, 2018

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, a candidate for Congress in Florida’s 5th Congressional District, is promoting what he calls on Twitter a “big fundraiser” Wednesday evening. He will be accompanied by Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Congressional Black Caucus member who endorsed Brown over incumbent Democratic Rep. Al Lawson. Lawson, a Democrat from Tallahassee, is seen by many Jacksonville […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 31, 2016

The race between Republican Glo Smith and Democrat Al Lawson in Florida’s 5th Congressional District has defied traditional partisan contours down the stretch. Smith, appearing on WJXT’s “This Week in Jacksonville” Sunday, positioned herself less as a Republican than as the sole impediment to Tallahassee controlling the traditionally Jacksonville-based seat. Smith alluded to having productive […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 24, 2016

With time running short in the battle to succeed Corrine Brown as the representative from Florida’s 5th Congressional District, both Republican Glo Smith and Democrat Al Lawson continue to raise money. Smith, who had $11,908 on hand as of her October quarterly report, nearly doubled that sum via five donations made between Oct. 22-24 totaling $11,100. Lawson, meanwhile, had almost […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 12, 2016

There is a marked difference between the primary and the General Election in Jacksonville’s 2016 congressional races. While there were debates and forums galore before both the Republican primary in Florida’s 4th Congressional District and the Democratic primary in Florida’s 5th Congressional District, there has been nothing of the sort since the nominees were decided. One […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 6, 2016

What if you called a candidate forum and only one candidate came? That was the dilemma the Baker County Press forum encountered Saturday morning, when its forum of candidates in Congressional District 5 was no-showed by all three Democrats, leaving Republican nominee Glo Smith with the crowd of roughly 200 to herself. Rep. Corrine Brown was slated to attend, but with […]

A.G. GancarskiMay 20, 2016

On Friday, Rep. Corrine Brown couldn’t make it to Jacksonville’s monthly Tiger Bay gathering. Her opponents in Congressional District 5, Al Lawson and L.J. Holloway, were there however. Notable for two candidates with no area name recognition: neither went on the attack against the absent incumbent. Indeed, neither mentioned her. Nor her legal troubles. Instead, they kept it […]


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