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FCC Recap: Bill Bishop Says He's Learned Lessons For Another Run At Mayor

Patrick Donges

He drew 17 percent of the vote in Jacksonville's First Election.

After coming in third, outgoing City Councilman Bill Bishop says he learned a lot — lessons he'll put to use in another campaign for mayor in 2019.

"There's a world of difference between running for City Council and running for mayor. And you don't really get that until you're in it," Bishop said during an appearance on 'First Coast Connect.' "We should have started much earlier in terms of building financial and infrastructure support. We won't make that mistake next time."

Bishop declined to endorse either incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown or GOP challenger Lenny Curry, both of whom are in a tight race leading up to the May 19th runoff election.

"I think that's simply because I didn't think either one of them gave specific answers to the problems that we face," said Bishop. "We have to have an honest conversation about how we're going to pay our bills."

Listen to the entire interview with Bill Bishop on today's episode of the First Coast Connect podcast.

You can follow Melissa Ross @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.