Carlucci, Roberts participate in District 5 candidate forum

Carlucci, Roberts participate in District 5 candidate forum
District 5 candidate Morgan Roberts and moderator Kent Justice look on as Joe Carlucci, the other District 5 candidate, speaks to the audience during opening statements at the candidate forum.

The two candidates for District 5 — Republicans Morgan Roberts and Joe Carlucci — joined News4Jax anchor Kent Justice last month in a candidate forum to discuss various issue facing both the San Marco community and the city of Jacksonville.

The forum took place on Thursday. Feb. 9 at the San Marco Community Center.

Justice facilitated the conversation, which was a more casual, informal setting than a traditional debate. Both candidates were allowed a three-to-five-minute opening to introduce themselves to the audience.

“I love this area, I want my boys to love this area, but we need to continue to have progress in this area,” said Carlucci in his introduction. “We need to continue to have the right kind of leaders in this area.”

Carlucci used his introduction to outline five issues he plans to address if elected: economic development, crime, flooding, the train horn and parks.

“I’m ready to lead you,” he added.

In her introduction, Roberts said, “We’re surrounded by opportunity and we are facing some challenges. We’ve got the crime, affordable housing infrastructure and managing all this growth. We’re a large city and these problems are complex issues.”

Roberts detailed how she plans to implement her experience working for a large, complex company to “transform” the system.

“I’m not here to just participate in the system,” she said. “I’m here to bring my skills and transform it.”

Following the opening statements, Justice led the candidates in conversations surrounding six topics: managing growth and preserving the community, parks and public spaces, the new stadium for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the ratio between public and private investment, homelessness and flooding.

Early voting will begin on March 6 until the 19th. Registered voters can visit any one of the 18 early voting sites to cast their ballots. On March 21 — Election Day — voters must visit their designated voting precincts.

For more information regarding early voting — including early voting site locations — or to find your designated voting precincts, please visit the Supervisor of Elections’ website (

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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