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Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The countdown is on - less than five days remain for Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan to get those final votes of support.

Brown spent the day shaking hands and meeting new voters, while Hogan worked the phhones trying to capture an undecided voter.

The two are battling it out in a very tight race for mayor. An exclusive First Coast News poll shows Hogan leads Brown by just five and a half points.

"I've never depended on them. In fact, in all of my other races, I never even knew what the numbers were...what really counts is May 17," said Hogan.

Brown said he has felt confident all along. "I think we've always said that this would be, this is a win-able race and that poll proves our point."

Alvin Brown Unveils Plan to Create Jacksonville Jobs

Mayoral Candidate Alvin Brown today unveiled his plan for fostering job growth in Jacksonville through a new Chamber of Commerce-led public/private venture that would harness the power of entrepreneurialism, local community banks and Jacksonville’s small businesses.

"I will use my experience creating innovative community investment programs at the federal level to work with community banks and small businesses in creating jobs and spurring economic growth," Brown said. "Jacksonville must not only work to reduce the burden of taxes on local business owners, but we must also create jobs to help Jacksonville’s small businesses grow.”

Supervisor of Elections Reports Day 10 Early Voting Totals

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announced 2,768 voters have cast a ballot on the Tenth day of Early Voting for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election.


As of Book Closing, April 18th, there are 518,620 registered voters in Duval County eligible to cast a ballot in Jacksonville’s 2011 Unitary General Election on May 17th. 2,768 voters cast a ballot at the close of business on Wednesday, May 11th, for an Early Voting total of 24,445. In addition, 21,054 Absentee Ballots were verified by signatures and have been validated to be opened and processed by the Canvassing Board. This brings the total number of ballots cast through Day Ten of Early Voting to 45,499, which is 8.8% of eligible voters.

Mayor's Plan for Pension Reform Called Step in Right Direction

Mayor's Plan for Pension Reform Called Step in Right Direction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pension reform talks that have been underway since 2009 appear one step closer to reality today.

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton this morning announced a plan to save $700 million in the city's pension plan over 35 years.

"This is a settlement agreement between the city of Jacksonville and the police and fire pension board," said Peyton.

Peyton said the settlement is not a part of the collective bargaining process. This budget year the fire union agreed to a cut in pay; the police union is still at an impasse.

The pension talks began in 2009 when Peyton told the unions pension reform was necessary in the face of declining city revenues and skyrocketing pension costs.

Police and firefighters in Jacksonville have a separate pension board to handle such discussions, chaired by Peter Sleiman, who joined Peyton today in announcing the plan.

Supervisor of Elections Reports Day 8 Early Voting Totals

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announced 2,540 voters have cast a ballot on the eighth day of Early Voting for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election.

“Best in Show” and “Honorable Mentions” Take Center Stage at Jacksonville Ceremony

“Best in Show” and “Honorable Mentions” Take Center Stage at Jacksonville Ceremony

Congressman Ander Crenshaw congratulated winners of his annual Congressional Arts Competition on Saturday, May 7 at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts South Campus at Florida State College Jacksonville. At the event, he presented winners with awards and visited with participating students, their families, and school representatives at the ceremony.

Supervisor of Elections Reports Day 7 Early Voting Totals

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announced 1,303 voters have cast a ballot on the seventh day of Early Voting for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election.