So it begins: Upcoming local elections. Prepare for negativity instead of solutions.

I knew it was coming. It’s now officially the season of Negativity in Duval County. The upcoming local elections will begin with the primaries in March. Ugh.

Here is the first ad for the Mayor’s race. It isn’t pretty. It isn’t motivating. It’s the same old garbage from campaign consultants brief cases.

Curry’s campaign consultants – known for their bad boy tactics and mean-spirited ads – are out to smear any opposition to Curry. In other words, they are going to focus on smears instead of discussing the true fears local residents have in our city.

Fears such as:

CRIME. Jacksonville has seen an increase in violent crimes all through out Jacksonville. It’s spreading and people are indeed frightened and worried. There is not a day that goes by that Crime is not the forerunner to our news feed. Something has to be done about this and it has to be done with true leadership and not just committee meetings discussing the issue.

CRONYISM: This means “giving buddies, friends, pals” special treatment while others are overlooked – even if more qualified. Let’s remember what happened with the JEA CEO position. People are still upset about the outcome of that decision. Just a few nights ago I attended a holiday party where that was the topic of discussion. It’s a sore spot with many and indeed tainted the Mayor’s resume. There are other incidents as well and many local business owners worry about upsetting the Mayor’s office or they will not “get the work, the permit or make the list for potential projects.” Sad.

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY: Anytime there are secrets and denied requests by the media for information — that’s a stinking issue for all of us to be concerned with. All relationships with those who serve us MUST be transparent and above board. Anything less than that — STINKS. Eye on Jacksonville has numerous articles about this lack of transparency with the Mayor’s office and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It’s something everyone should be asking the Mayor if they run into him at the ball park, grocery store or in church. Just ask, “Mayor, why won’t your office be transparent about what’s going on down there? Why won’t you answer the questions by your constituents and those reporting on your administration?” See what he has to say and challenge him if he answers “politically.” He’s there to serve YOU. He needs to answer the questions.

Eye on Jacksonville does not support any candidate. We are here to support Transparency and Integrity and expose Corruption and Cronyism. Anyone who wants the position of Mayor or a seat on the City Council will be expected to adhere to the highest level of character and must be a man or woman of integrity who respects transparency. Who else would we want to lead our city? Those who don’t adhere to those principles?

Here’s another message we would like to send to all the candidates and their campaign consultants. Try a different tactic this time. Why not focus on the positive qualities of what you will do and how you will lead this city. How about sharing your vision with the rest of us. Make it BIG for the entire city of Jacksonville and not just downtown. Downtown is important yet so is the Westside, Southside, Northside, Eastside, Beaches, and all other areas of our large city. The people are weary of negativity. Give it a try. Be positive and share your excitement with the rest of us. We would love to be a part of a positive campaign that sets a tone for inclusivity and love for our neighbors.

Imagine that.

Billie Tucker
Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles.
She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics.
In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway.
That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies.
With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America.
She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money.
She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts.
She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election.
She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America.
Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed:
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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