Johnson Joins Mayoral Fray
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Glorious Johnson will officially announce her candidacy to become Jacksonville’s next mayor in front of the Downtown office of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections at 11:30 AM on April 8th, following the completion of her candidacy filing.
Johnson becomes the first major Democrat to enter a race that already includes five Republican heavyweights: Audrey Moran, Kevin Hyde, Mike Hogan, Rick Mullaney and Jim Bailey.
The daughter of a local grocer and school teacher, Johnson was born and raised in Jacksonville. She received her bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University and holds postgraduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers College and Nova University.
“I decided to run for mayor because the people of Jacksonville deserve something better," Johnson said in a released statement. "Consolidation created a grand vision of the city that is still an elusive dream 42 years later. Every four years, candidates drag out the same old ‘vision’ and kick it around, only to be forgotten until the next election. Today, we stop talking and start acting.”
Before being elected to the City Council as a Republican in 2003, Johnson served as a teacher in the Duval County Public School system. She was re-elected without opposition in 2007 and will be term-limited out of office next year.
Johnson ruffled many feathers in 2009 when she announced she was switching parties.
"I changed from Republican to Democrat because from the first time I decided to run for office, the party elite has done everything to me but kill me," Johnson responded in a JaxOutLoud forum discussion about her decision. "Now, my own community is being destroyed by the administration. When millions of dollars have been sent to revitalize your community and you are told that no one knows where the money is. Enough is enough!"
"These past five years have been a living hell," Johnson said of her time as a Republican.
As a councilwoman, Johnson has frequently clashed with the mayor’s office and has fought to repeal the city's Storm and Wastewater fees. According to her campaign, her platform will include "the reduction of unnecessary administrative positions, the reform of the general counsel’s office, the repeal of unnecessary fees, a true and open audit of Jacksonville’s expenditures and respecting Jacksonville’s historic character while turning Jacksonville into an example for consolidated cities all over the country."
Johnson's campaign will hold kickoff party on April 15th, 2010 between 6:30 and 8:00PM at Five Points Theater on Park Street.