AG Gancarski's ten 'people to watch' in Northeast Florida politics: 2018 edition – Florida Politics (blog)
Politics in Northeast Florida is about to heat up, with state races in 2018 and Jacksonville city elections in 2019. Here are ten names worth watching.
Alvin Brown: Is he running for House against Al Lawson? Mayor against incumbent Lenny Curry?
He will have to decide, one way or another, this year.
We’ve gone into the challenges Brown would face against Lawson: among them, primarying an incumbent; not being known west of Duval County; a lack of buy-in among Jacksonville Democrats (who think he disappeared after losing the Mayor’s race in 2015, only returning ahead of running for whatever this year or next); and a lack of buy-in among the donor class.
The Peter Rummell types have moved on, some to Lawson. And the trial lawyers probably aren’t that hyped up on taking Alvin to the next level.
That said, there almost has to be a Jacksonville candidate — and Alvin Brown looks like the best bet. Still.
Those familiar with Brown’s thinking say it’s Congress or bust. Time will tell….
Lisa King: The new Duval Democrats’ chair is fired up and ready to go when it comes to the 2018 cycle.
Expect King, an establishment Democrat from the Hillary Clinton wing of the party, to manufacture media coverage every time there is an opportunity.
Unifying the party and building donor confidence will be key this year, as King tries to turn Duval into Bluval.
Carlo Fassi: One of the sharpest political minds in Northeast Florida that most people outside of downtown haven’t heard of.
Fassi is running Baxter Troutman’s campaign for Agriculture Commissioner — sort of the Royal Rumble battle royal of GOP primary races.
Before turning his attention to statewide work, Fassi worked for State Attorney