Our Next Mayor: Holland? Hogan? Curry?
Last week the Jacksonville Observer conducted an unscientific poll that asked readers to pick their favorite candidate to be Jacksonville's next mayor.
The choices we put on the ballot included: State Representative Mike Weinstein, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, Tax Collector Mike Hogan, Former Ambassador John Rood, Former Jaguar Tony Boselli, Newspaper Publisher Jim Bailey, General Counsel Rick Mullaney, as well as Councilmembers Kevin Hyde, Glorious Johnson, Ronnie Fussell, Jack Webb and Daniel Davis. Voters could also choose to write-in any candidate they wished.
We counted a total of 559 votes, and two clear winners emerged from the pack.
In first place, with 36% of vote, was Jerry Holland.
Holland is a former Councilman and our current Supervisor of Elections.
"I'm very pleased to see those kind of numbers, I think it's a reflection of how our office has done and of all the work that we've been doing," said Holland.
When asked if he was actually considering a run for mayor in 2011, Holland stated: "I'm not saying I'm not. Right now I'm really focusing on 2010 and running the gubernatorial election. Any decision would come after that."
Holland said that the level of support he received in the poll "gives me something to think about."
In second place, but still far ahead of the rest of the pack, was Tax Collector Mike Hogan.
Hogan had served on the City Council as well as in the State House prior to being elected to his current position.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hogan was unavailable to comment on our poll as he is attending a conference.
In third place, with about 5% of the vote, was Lenny Curry.
A local businessman and the current Chairman of the Duval County Republican Party, Curry was also the candidate who received the most write-in votes. Interest in Curry as a potential candidate was fueled by a recent letter to the editor published in the Times-Union that urged Curry to consider running for the city's top spot.
"I am flattered and humbled by the confidence expressed in my leadership," Curry told the Observer.
When pressed if he was really exploring getting into the mayor's race, Curry replied: "I am very focused on building the Republican Party and growing my company, ICX Group."
Behind Curry in fourth and fifth places are Republican-turned-Democrat Councilwoman Glorious Johnson and former Jaguar player Tony Boselli.
The write-in choices that received more than 2 votes were Curry (31 votes), the FOP's Nelson Cuba (11 votes), Councilman Clay Yarborough (7 votes), and Audrey Moran (4 votes).
Following are the complete results...