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Lenny Curry Next Jacksonville Mayor; Brown: I'll 'Always Be There For You'

Peter Haden via Twitter

Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry is Jacksonville’s next mayor. He narrowly beat incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown Tuesday with just over 51 percent of the vote. Curry says the work starts now.

"This is about one Jacksonville, about one people, and about our future. The message that I’ve carried over the course of this campaign comes from deep within me. This is what I believe. This is what we’re going to do. This will be a safe city again!"
Just after conceding, Brown told his supporters he won’t stop trying to improve the city.

Brown and family on stage
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News
"God bless you all" Brown tells his supporters at the Landing Tuesday night surrounded by his family.

“I’m going to always be there for you, that single mother who’s raising two or three kids trying to put food on the table, for that young girl who dares to dream to go to college, I’m going to be there for you because I believe in opportunity for all," Brown said. 

Curry takes office on July 1. 

Other races Jacksonville voters decided Tuesday: 

  • Mike Williams (R) has won Sheriff of Jacksonville over Ken Jefferson (D).
  • City Coucil-At-Large - Group 1: Anna Lopez Brosche (R) has defeated Kimberly Daniels (D)
  • City Coucil-At-Large - Group 3: Tommy Hazouri (D) has defeated Geoff "Jeff" Youngblood (R)
  • City Coucil-At-Large - Group 5: Samuel C. Newby (R) has defeated Ju’Coby Pittman (D)
  • City Council - District 1: Joyce Morgan (D) has defeated Mike Anania (R)
  • City Council - District 2: Al Ferraro (R) has defeated Lisa King (D)
  • City Council - District 4: Scott Wilson (R) has defeated Ramon Day (D)
  • City Council - District 7: Reggie Gaffney (D) has defeated George A. Spencer, Jr. (D)
  • City Council - District 8: Katrina Brown (D) has defeated Pat Lockett-Felder (D)
  • Referendum 1: Yes
  • Referendum 2: Yes 
Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.
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
Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.