Jacksonville, Fla. — Outgoing Democratic State Sen. Audrey Gibson officially filed to run for mayor of Jacksonville Tuesday morning.
Gibson served in the Florida House for eight years before being elected to the state Senate in 2011, where she held the title of Senate Minority Leader for two years.
Gibson said that, as mayor, she would increase funding for Visit Jacksonville to boost tourism, seek to reduce health disparities by using city funds to help pay for indigent care, and establish a data-driven crime and safety commission to make recommendations to improve public safety.
“I have budget experience and a deep understanding that our budget should reflect our priorities of every community, every neighborhood down to the block. I have policy experience to talk with our city council about collective views on the impact of policy on all of Jacksonville’s citizens, because what we do or don’t do solely impacts the people of Duval County,” she said.
The only other Democratic candidate to declare for the mayoral race is Donna Deegan.
The election is scheduled for March 21, 2023.
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