Meet The Candidates: The Mayor’s Race

Mayor’s Race

Editor’s Note: All responses are as provided by the candidate. Nothing has been added or deleted, although minor typographical errors have been corrected. We’ve included a straw poll at the end of this page if you wish to preview your vote against those of other readers.

Q1: What do you think is Jacksonville’s greatest success?

Dr. Omega Allen (NPA): In all honesty, I don’t think Jacksonville has done anything of monumental proportion that has directly or indirectly benefited the people of Jacksonville. Without the “people,” the city does not exist. Yet, administration after administration has perpetuated the exclusivity of growth and development to that which is controlled by those who stand to gain the lion’s share of profit and benefit with no regard for how it affects the populace.

Jacksonville has potential for greatness but will never reach its peak until the reign of the current power structure is unseated. We as a community MUST take back our city and implement government that MAKES SENSE, utilizing input from the people, and making decisions that benefit the masses rather than special interest groups and individuals who dictate the reprehensible actions of the elected officials.

If I had to select one event that could be deemed a success (had it run its full course), it would be the Better Jacksonville Plan. Had it been properly monitored and administered the full length of its proposed time, it would have provided more county-wide improvements that helped to increase property values than any other initiative. However, a plan is no greater than the quality of oversight. When the founding administration left, so went the plan leaving the citizens high and dry while still paying the tax that was designed to bring improvements.

Anna Lopez Brosche (REP): Jacksonville’s greatest success is its diversity: in our business and industry mix, in our economy, in our recreational offerings and opportunities, and in our people.

Brian Griffin (WRI): Jacksonville’s consolidation with Duval County.

Jimmy Hill (REP): Jacksonville’s greatest success is being home. Example: Thousands of people visit here from other places – some are stationed here as part of their service in the military, some visit for business, even highly mobile, professionals including athletes ultimately make Jacksonville their home even after visiting so many other places in the United States. So many people chose Jacksonville to be their home.

Q2: How would you describe Jacksonville’s greatest failure?

Dr. Omega Allen (NPA): I believe the greatest failure was the way the small businesses were circumvented in the NFL Experience. When Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl, typical host cities were the beneficiaries of approximately $293 Million in revenue from business activity generated by the event. The NFL mandates that small and women-owned businesses be the recipients of NFL related business activity. However, city leaders created their own qualifications and guidelines using SBA Small Business criteria which increased the limit to $5M in revenue, allowing large local firms to participate and established a “Mentor-Mentee” relationship to justify squeezing our small businesses out of position to truly flourish. Leadership continually fails our city.

Anna Lopez Brosche (REP): Our biggest failure is the failure to deliver on the promises of consolidation, the continuing remnants of which we see in disproportional infrastructure investments, lack of economic opportunity, educational outcomes, and crime rates.

Brian Griffin (WRI): The demolition of the historic LaVilla neighborhood. That was a lost opportunity.

Jimmy Hill (REP): Jacksonville’s greatest failure is the disparity in certain neighborhoods in Jacksonville as it relates to basic city functions as a result of political “pay for play”.

Q3: Describe how you will be a different leader than what we currently have.

Dr. Omega Allen (NPA): I will do things differently. As an NPA candidate, I have NO obligations to Political Parties and Special Interest Groups and Individuals that have historically called the shots. I am free to lead an administration that does government that MAKES SENSE and benefits the people of Jacksonville. I will foster collaborative efforts with the Chamber of Commerce to encourage new business entities to bring high-wage jobs to our city. I will work closely with the Sheriff to devise an effective plan to cover the city with adequate officers in more intimate community involvement that fosters trust. I will provide the resources to the law enforcement agency necessary to carry out the duties to make our streets safe again. Those resources will also be monitored to ensure the foregone plan is implemented.

Anna Lopez Brosche (REP): Different from what we currently have, I will lead inclusively, create and communicate a community vision and agenda, provide an open and transparent government that rebuilds trust, establish a customer service culture that values the importance of people and neighborhoods, invest in our children, and not put JEA up for sale.

Brian Griffin (WRI): I believe in complete equality, protection and inclusivity for all. This will attract new and growing companies to Jacksonville, increasing better paying jobs and opportunities for advancement.

I actually have a plan to reduce crime and shootings and protect our students. After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Mayor Curry said, “I can’t even imagine how something like this could happen in a school.” If you can’t imagine it, you surely would not plan for it.

I have some good ideas for reducing our road traffic.

I would like to be the first city in the nation, with an ethical social contract, where all companies in Jacksonville agree to hire and pay women the same as men.

Jimmy Hill (REP): This is not a campaign slogan – Transparency, Integrity and Availability.

Q4: What’s your greatest hope for Jacksonville’s people?

Dr. Omega Allen (NPA): My greatest hope for the people of Jacksonville is that they have the courage to use the power of their vote to break the political chains of bondage and elect someone who has NO STRINGS ATTACHED and truly has their best interest at heart with no ulterior motives or personal agendas. I hope the people of Jacksonville will trust me with their future and elect me as their next Mayor.

Anna Lopez Brosche (REP): My greatest hope for Jacksonville people is that every citizen would have: a sense of hope for the future, a pride in their city that yields a consistent sales pitch about Jacksonville, and a strong connection to economic opportunity.

Brian Griffin (WRI): Happiness, because they live in a city with great public schools, low crime, great paying jobs and very little road traffic.

Jimmy Hill (REP): My greatest hope is that we can stop being divided by special interest groups. We need to come together as a community and address the problems that affect all of us.

Q5: What’s your favorite book? Movie? Or TV show? Please explain.

Dr. Omega Allen (NPA): My favorite book is The Game of Life and How to Play It. It is filled with wisdom and insight for a living a balanced and prosperous life.

Anna Lopez Brosche (REP): My favorite book is The Four Agreements, which offers four principles to live by: be impeccable with your word, do not take things personally, do not make assumptions, and always do your best. These principles, particularly not taking things personally because doing so is the highest form of selfishness, have guided my personal and professional growth. These principles have also allowed me to better serve others.

Brian Griffin (WRI): One of my favorite movies is Mosquito Coast. Some of it reminds me of my nine years, as a teen, living in Honduras.

Jimmy Hill (REP): My favorite book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – a sample tale about escaping perceived boundaries – it fits the American dream.

 

Mayoral Candidates Who Did Not Respond

Johnny Sparks (WRI) did not reply to emails. The phone number supplied by the Supervisor of Elections office website went to a fax machine tone.

Incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry (REP) did not reply to emails. When we called the number supplied on the Supervisor of Elections office website, a man identifying himself as the Treasurer of Curry’s Venice, Florida-based Jacksonville on the Rise PAC answered and stated that he had nothing to do with the candidate’s campaign activities.

Vote in our straw poll!

Who will you vote for in the March Mayoral Election?
  • Anna Lopez Brosche (REP) 72%, 34 votes
    34 votes 72%
    34 votes - 72% of all votes
  • Dr. Omega Allen (NPA) 21%, 10 votes
    10 votes 21%
    10 votes - 21% of all votes
  • Lenny Curry (REP) 4%, 2 votes
    2 votes 4%
    2 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Not voting 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Brian Griffin (WRI) 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Jimmy Hill (REP) 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Johnny Sparks (WRI) 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • None of these 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 47
February 5, 2019 - March 19, 2019
Amy Cherie Copeland

Amy Cherie Copeland

Amy Cherie Copeland is a Jacksonville writer and editor who also works as an academic writing tutor at FSCJ. She recently presented her poetry in the Yellow House Surviving to Thriving exhibit, performed an original piece in the 2018 Coming Out Monologues, and published lead letters in the Times-Union on behalf of Women's March Florida - Jacksonville Chapter. Her feature on cancer survivor Mary Miller appears in Donna Hicken's (Deegan) The Good Fight (2004).

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