Mayor’s Race Grows to 10
Councilman Hyde was joined by his wife Kathi and daughters Virginia and Michal. Also joining the Hyde family were numerous supporters including Jacksonville City Councilman Michael Corrigan and former Jacksonville City Councilman Lad Daniels.
“I am thrilled to begin my campaign for mayor,” said Kevin Hyde. “We will focus on the issues as well as the leadership skills and the values needed for the future of our city.”
Hyde has lived in Jacksonville since 1988. He was elected to the City Council in 2003 and served as Council President for the 2005-2006 Council year.
Kevin is the Managing Partner of the Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner. He practices labor and employment law where he focuses on resolving workplace disputes, counseling employers on employee relations issues, and training employees and supervisors.
Hyde said as a member of the City Council, and Council President, he has had many opportunities to affect policy in Jacksonville. But in our ‘strong mayor’ form of government, he said he sees the Mayor’s office as a place where he can make more of a difference.
Hyde acknowledged the tough economic climate, but said the number one priority for the next mayor will be jobs. “I want to be able to have young people in college, including my daughter, to be able to come home and find opportunity,” he said. Hyde said the key would be continuing the fiscal restraint shown this year, while still creating a good economic climate for the city.
Hyde also stressed the importance of public safety. “We need to continue to provide police and fire with the resources they need, while being fiscally responsible,” he said.
Hyde went on to talk about the St. Johns River, saying “we will do everything we can to protect and utilize that asset.”
Hyde becomes the 10th candidate to file paperwork to become Mayor of Jacksonville, some better known than others. Six Republicans, three Democrats, and one candidate with No Party Affiliation have all announced their intentions to run, and others are waiting in the wings. Voters will also elect a sheriff in 2011, as well as all members of the Jacksonville City Council.
Watch this space…