Politics

First Coast Tea Party Backs Mike Hogan for Mayor of Jacksonville

First Coast Tea Party Backs Mike Hogan for Mayor of Jacksonville

Republican Mike Hogan has earned the endorsement of one of the most politically active groups in Duval County. The First Coast Tea Party, with 10,000 members, has formally endorsed Hogan for mayor of Jacksonville.

Voters will Receive Sample Ballots this Week

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that today for the 529,866 voters in Duval county more than 299,853 sample ballots will be mailed, one for each residential household, for Jacksonville’s First Consolidated Government Election on March 22nd.

"Sending a sample ballot to each household instead of each individual is an effort by our office to save taxpayers over $70,000 dollars. This is made possible because the upcoming elections are unitary elections, which means all voters in a household will be voting the same ballot style. We are asking for each household to please share their sample ballot with each voter in their household", stated Supervisor Holland.

Public Testing Of Election Machines Is Scheduled

In accordance with Florida Statute 101.5612, the public logic and accuracy test of vote tabulating machines will be conducted by the Duval County Canvassing Board on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Duval County Elections Center at the Gateway Mall, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue, in the Equipment Room on the 2nd Floor.

Hogan Wins Straw Ballot at Tea Party Forum Last Night

Mike Hogan, Republican candidate for Mayor of Jacksonville, won the straw ballot at the First Coast Tea Party’s inaugural Mayoral and Congressional Town Hall last night. About 300 people were in attendance. First Coast Tea Party members present at this forum were the only ones allowed to vote.

Martinez Receives Highest Rating from Tea Party

The First Coast Tea Party announced Thursday that Paul Martinez received the highest rating among Group 2 candidates during the organization's speed rating event.

Mayoral Candidate Mike Hogan Receives Fire Endorsement

Mayoral Candidate Mike Hogan Receives Fire Endorsement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's another big endorsement for Republican Mike Hogan in his bid to become mayor.

Hogan picked up the support of the 1,200-member Jacksonville Association of Firefighters.

The endorsement came at the association headquarters this morning with union president Randy Wyse saying, "All we are looking for is honesty."

In accepting the endorsement on the platform of an old fire truck, Hogan told firefighters that he believes in honesty, but, "I'm going to represent taxpayers first."

Pensions and salary cuts are big issues facing city employees, but Hogan told firefighters that he intends to make sure they are "properly paid and properly compensated."

Hogan has already received the backing of the Fraternal Order of Police.

City Tackling $60 Million Budget Shortfall

City Tackling $60 Million Budget Shortfall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Hall is busy crunching the numbers to trim $60 million to prepare a balanced budget for the next mayor.

Mayor John Peyton, who is leaving office, is having his staff prepare a balanced budget that calls for no tax increase for the next mayor who will take office in July.

Last year, the city wrestled with a revenue shortfall with a combination of cutting spending and increasing the property tax rate by 8 percent.

The city's next mayor will be in office just two weeks before having to unveil spending priorities for the new year.

Bobby Dean is a taxpayer who wants city leaders to hold the line on spending and taxes.

"Everybody has to make the government a little bit smaller...everybody had had to sacrifice, let them sacrifice a little bit," said Dean, who works in construction.