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FCC Recap: Mayoral Candidate Omega Allen

Shannon LeDuke

Jacksonville mayoral candidate Omega Allen says, if elected, she would appoint a special liaison to the city’s Northwest side to help oversee economic development in that quadrant.

Allen made that remark and more on this Thursday’s "First Coast Connect."

Allen clarified her position on expanding the city’s human-rights ordinance to include gay and transgender people, something she seemed to oppose on a previous First Coast Connect appearance.

Now, Allen says she would likely support it, but can’t commit 100 percent because she hasn’t read the specific language in the bill.

She also responded to the Florida Times-Union editorial board's writing she’s not ready to be mayor and should get more experience in a city council seat first.  

"I believe that I am educationally sound, and I have the credibility to run, and I have business experience," Allen said.

"I have a heart for the people of Jacksonville, and government is supposed to be for and by the people. I have no agendas that are related to parties."

Allen also says her gender sets her apart from the three men in the race. She added women are nurturers, and she wouldn’t have what she called “testosterone issues” causing her to butt heads with others.

Listen to the podcast to hear the entire interview with Omega Allen on "First Coast Connect." On Monday morning, incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown joins the show.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP