Interim District 10 Councilman Freeman Met With Opposition At Town Hall
Just over a week following his appointment to Jacksonville City Council District 10, Terrence Freeman held his first community town hall meeting Thursday night.
Terrance Freeman met with constituents of District 10 at the Legend's Center on Soutel Drive. He discussed his plans to repair sidewalks in the district and how he will work with Sheriff Mike Williams on public and park safety, according to our News4Jax partner.
Some supporters attended the meeting, but Freeman was met with much opposition. One man who spoke at the meeting called Freeman the N-word.
Because Freeman was not living within District 10 at the time of his appointment to council, many feel he doesn't understand the concerns of the people who live there.
"There are some folks that are not understanding and upset with the process," Freeman said. "I get that, and I understand that, but this is where we're at. There's a 10-month window where I've been appointed, and I'm honored to receive that appointment from Gov. Scott."
Freeman held a community town hall days after Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the City Council District 10 seat, which happened after former District 10 Councilman Reggie Brown was indicted on federal fraud charges.
During Thursday's town hall, Freeman ensured the district that he would represent them in issues to be voted on by the council.
But, some say it's more than just politics.
"This is not really about a personality," said Brenda Jackson, who lives in District 10. "It's about a process. It's about the disenfranchisement of the other 40,000 voters living in District 10."
Freeman said the hostility will not affect his ability to represent.
"I understand where the emotion is coming from. I don't consider it opposition. I consider it as folks really expressing themselves," Freeman said.
Another issue addressed: Freeman is a Republican representing a majority Democratic district. Freeman responded by saying it's not about policies, but about serving the community.