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.