JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lenny Curry, former Florida Republican Party chairman, will run for mayor of Jacksonville.
Curry filed as a candidate Tuesday morning. He is the fifth person to jump into the race which includes the incumbent democrat , Mayor Alvin Brown.
With his three children and wife at his side, Curry signed the necessary paperwork at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Following becoming a candidate, Curry answered a few questions including how he sizes up the current mayor.
"He (Brown) made a decision not to lead, not only not to lead on the big issues but not to lead in the day to day governing of the city," said Curry.
Speculation about a Curry campaign increased in April when wealthy Republican power-broker Peter Rummell said he would support Curry in the 2015 mayor's race.
"I'll bring a fresh perspective to this someone who comes from the business community, but I also understand that will surround myself with people who have government experience," said Curry.
Curry says he will spend the next two months fundraising and taking his ideas to the voters following the November election. Jacksonville's city elections, including for Mayor, are set for mid March.
In 2011, Rummell supported Alvin Brown, a Democrat. Lenny Curry served as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from September of 2011 until Sunday. His term included Florida hosting the Republican National Convention, which was in Tampa.
Republican City Councilman Bill Bishop has also filed to run for mayor and Mayor Brown is seeking re-election.
FCN will have an exhaustive interview with Curry this week on On Point. The show airs Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and midnight.
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