Brown's Election to Jax Mayor's Office Called 'Historic'

Brown's Election to Jax Mayor's Office Called 'Historic'

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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.

Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW

Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With all 256 precincts reporting, Democrat Alvin Brown leads Republican Mike Hogan by 603 votes in the race for mayor.

With 190,557 votes cast for mayor, Brown captured 50.16 percent to Hogan's 49.84 percent, well within the margin for an automatic recount.

Poll on Race for President Picks a Different Leader

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few years ago President Barak Obama failed to win Duval County in his bid for the White House. If the elections were held today he would get the same results, our Dixie/First Coast News exclusive poll revealed.  

Thirty-seven percent of those in the poll would vote to re-elect Obama as president, while 48-percent would support the Republican nominee. Fifteen percent said they were still undecided.

Alvin Brown Election Night Party

Alvin Brown Election Night Party

Voters, volunteers and campaign staffers are invited to watch Jacksonville’s election returns with mayoral candidate Alvin Brown tonight at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown.

Supervisor of Elections Reports Final Early Voting Totals, May 16

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announced 65,012 voters have cast a ballot either by voting early or by absentee for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election.

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Voters have just hours to decide who they want to be their next mayor in Jacksonville.

"If you're on the fence, it's time to make a decision," said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Before the polls open both Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown are trying to capture those undecided voters who could tip the scale in this election.

"Typically you have a wider split. Right now Democrats are leading by about 700 votes more than Republicans, which indicates it's going to be a very close race," said Holland.

Hoping to get a leg up, both candidates are pounded the pavement Monday tonight.

"I'm going to campaign, I'm going to campaign 24/7. Working, connecting with the voters, I'm not going to sleep," said Alvin Brown.

Assistant Public Defenders Donate Time so Others will Donate Resources

Attorneys at the Law Offices of Public Defender Matt Shirk serve the community each week by defending indigent clients, but two attorneys go the extra mile to improve the lives of those less fortunate within the city of Jacksonville.