JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville has seen its share of minority representation on its city council, going back to the days of Mary Singleton, Sallye Mathis and Earl Johnson.
But it would be decades before the city would have its first African American mayor. Former Sheriff Nat Glover made an attempt in 2003, but was soundly defeated by John Peyton, the son of business magnate Herb Peyton.
But 2011 bears a different result. "It is historic," said Harry Reagan, a former city councilman and local broadcaster.