JACKSONVILLE, Fl -- First Coast News wants you to make an informed decision in the election polls this April. Mayoral candidate and current Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover says his experience with the badge has helped him get ready to be "commander-in-chief" of the city.
"I walk the beat so I can get out in the community and neighborhood and find out what's going on directly from the people," said Nat Glover, Sheriff and mayoral candidate.
With eight years experience of being Jacksonville's sheriff, Nat Glover has been on almost 400 walks and feels he knows what the people want.
"People want a better quality of life," said Nat Glover.
So Glover says he needs to retire his badge in search of a new title as the first African-American mayor of Jacksonville. He calls himself a symbol of the "American dream."
As sheriff, he was the leader of the city's largest department with 3,000 workers and a $2 million budget.
There was also plenty of controversy. One of his police officers, Karl Waldon, was accused and convicted of murder. In the Brenton Butler case, Glover's own son, Michael, was accused of forcing a murder confession.
"I have been tried and tested as it relates to adversity. Adversity makes us stronger, I think it made me as an individual stronger. It made the Sheriff's Office stronger as well," said Nat Glover.
To make Jacksonville stronger, Glover is focusing on education -- economic development and managing the city's growth.
The man who walked the streets as his beat now plans to walk Jacksonville into the spotlight of the nation and world.
"Jacksonville is poised for greatness. I want to be the mayor that allows us to show the state how great we are," said Nat Glover.
First Coast News