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Newspaper Publisher Jim Bailey Launches Mayoral Campaign

baileyEarlier today, newspaper publisher Jim Bailey became the fifth major candidate (all Republican) to jump into the Jacksonville mayoral race today. This was no surprise as Bailey, publisher of the Financial News and Daily Record, had announced in January that he would make his campaign official in April.

Among those already off and running are Audrey Moran, Councilman Kevin Hyde, Tax Collector Mike Hogan and General Counsel Rick Mullaney.

Bailey followed his filing with the following email to friends and supporters:

Dear Friends,

I want to let you know that this afternoon I officially became a candidate for Mayor in the 2011 election by filing my papers with the Supervisor of Elections and opening a campaign account.

This means, as I said in a Times-Union interview on January 22, that I am now positioned to campaign full time for the leadership of Jacksonville. It also means that I can now accept campaign contributions up to $500 from individuals, and I hope that I can count on your support.

This campaign will be about leadership.

I believe Jacksonville needs a Mayor who will make positive things happen and give us confidence in the future. There's no reason we can't build the most competitive American city in the 21st century. As Mayor I will bring this city together with a common purpose and a united passion to build the Jacksonville we all want.

My campaign will focus on the economy and jobs. A Mayor has no higher responsibility than creating jobs and attracting investments. We need more Fortune 500 firms with deep pockets, and more small businesses with big ambitions to create jobs.

We must have a growing economy where our people have good jobs, our businesses are strong, and our investments are secure.

Over 10,000 children are currently enrolled in Duval County kindergartens. Who will provide the leadership so that as young adults these children will have jobs and an opportunity for a good life, right here?

We can create a Jacksonville so great that our children and grandchildren will not want to-or have to-live any where else.

Looking to the future we can't put boundaries on our imagination. We should embrace innovation. Our thinking should be global.

We can bring the world to Jacksonville through the port; build a world-class industrial complex at Cecil Commerce Center; expand Jacksonville's health care services industry to become the medical center of the South; and create a smart city in partnership with a technology giant.

This is how we can become competitive to create jobs and investments.

This is how we build now for our future.

But, it won't happen just because we wish it.

We will make it happen with leadership, hard work, smart work and teamwork.

It'll take leadership, teamwork and passion to grow our economy and create jobs; maintain and improve our quality of life; build strong, safe neighborhoods, and give our children the best education on earth.

And, it will happen if we work together with a common purpose and a united passion to build the Jacksonville we all want.

That's why I'm running for Mayor.

For Jacksonville's future, I remain,

Jim Bailey

P.S. Checks for campaign contributions can be mailed to:

Jim Bailey Campaign for Mayor
P.O. Box 1769
Jacksonville, FL 32201

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