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FCC Recap: Incumbent Mayoral Candidate Alvin Brown

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Facing strong challenges in the March 24 unitary election this week, incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown says he's confident— and that he's fulfilled the campaign promises from four years ago that made him a come-from-behind winner in Jacksonville's 2011 mayoral race.

"I made a promise that I would streamline government, that we would live within our means, put Jacksonville back to work, and close the education gap," said Brown, appearing on First Coast Connect.

"I think the key is keeping your promise."

Brown says he's delivered on everything from balancing the city's budget without raising taxes (although some disagree) to promoting the city's urban core, and tackling the thorny issue of pension reform.

"Don't take my word for it, the Florida Times-Union, the Civic Council and the bipartisan Task Force all support my plan," said Brown.  "And three top business leaders all came up with a funding solution that JEA approved. You have a plan on the table."

Meanwhile, Brown's likely runoff opponent Lenny Curry has hit the mayor hard on his record. Says Curry campaign manager Brian Hughes:

"Alvin Brown's smoke and mirrors continue. His solution for pension is to leave a gaping hole in how it gets paid for. Even with new debt he proposes there is still a gap that leaves taxpayers paying the bill long after Alvin sails off to go back to work with Hillary and Bill Clinton," said Hughes.

According to the latest polling data, a May runoff is likely between Brown and Curry, although both campaigns say they're aiming to win the election outright. The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place at duvalelections.com.

Listen to the podcast to hear the entire interview with Mayor Alvin Brown on "First Coast Connect," as well as interviews with mayoral candidates Omega Allen, Bill Bishop and Lenny Curry who appeared on last week's episodes.