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Jacksonville Councilman Carlucci Will Run For Mayor In 2023

Will Dickey
The Florida Times-Union, 2018 file photo
Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci announced Thursday he intends to run for mayor in 2023, becoming the first candidate to enter what is expected to be a crowded race for the open seat.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reported that Carlucci, a 64-year-old Republican who lives in San Marco, said he wants to lead the city in a "new direction" that is dictated by public input and collaboration.

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"I think the people of Jacksonville are desperate for a new direction," Carlucci said. "Jacksonville is at its best when we move together, and to do that, you've got to have a bottom-up government, a government that listens to the people."

Carlucci said he announced more than two years ahead of the election because he was simply ready to make the decision.

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