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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown is gearing up for another run at the office, but a University of North Florida polls show Brown's approval rating slipping.

The UNF poll conducted last week surveyed 442 registered voters. They were polled to sample views on the upcoming Mayor's race and the performance of local government.

While Mayor Brown's approval rating dropped from 70 to 59 percent this past year, the City Council and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office also took some hits with lower approval ratings.

Mayor Brown is still the man to beat, according to those polled.

Republicans that included Sheriff John Rutherford, City Council President Bill Gulliford, Property Appraiser Jim Overton and Lenny Curry, who chaired the Florida Republican Party, all trailed Brown when voters were asked who they would vote for.

Against each of the potential challengers, Brown grabbed 40 plus percent of the vote. Rutherford in the poll attracted 35 percent of the vote with Overton, Gulliford and Curry finishing in that order.

The poll also showed 45 percent approved of the job the City Council is doing with JSO seeing its approval dropping in the past year from 71 to 66.