Endorsements arrive on behalf of business advocacy group

JAXBIZ, a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization affiliated with JAX Chamber, has made endorsements in the nine Jacksonville City Council races that have an incumbent seeking re-election.

The board conducted interviews with each candidate and considered their records and stances on economic development issues that are important to the business community, including the harbor deepening project at JAXPORT, downtown development and pension reform. The JAXBIZ board will assist candidates and elected officials that are committed to supporting economic development and a strong business climate in the region.

JAXBIZ endorsed the following candidates:

District 5: Lori Boyer (R)

District 6: Matt Schellenberg (R)

District 10: Reggie Brown (D)

District 12: Doyle Carter (R)

District 13: Bill Gulliford (R)

District 14: Jim Love (R)

At-Large Group 1: Anna Brosche (R)

At-Large Group 2: David Barron (R)

At-Large Group 4: Greg Anderson (R)

“JAXBIZ will proactively connect these endorsed candidates with all of the resources and expertise that the nation’s second-largest Chamber of Commerce can put behind them,” said JAXBIZ Chairman Mike Hightower, an Avondale resident. “The objective is for JAXBIZ to be a powerful advocate and to successfully help elect these qualified, pro-business and pro-Jacksonville candidates and incumbents.”

JAXBIZ endorsed incumbents in all of the district races, but chose Republican challengers Brosche and Barron in two at-large races against incumbents.

In January, the board will start interviewing candidates for the open seats on the Council.

The primary election takes place on Mar. 24, 2015 and the election for mayor and city council will be May 19.

JAXBIZ promotes business-friendly leadership within local and state government and identifies candidates that have a commitment to continued economic growth, as well as the recognition of challenges and opportunities that Northeast Florida businesses face.

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