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In 1967, Tanzler ran against incumbent Lou Ritter in the race for Mayor of Jacksonville on a platform supporting the consolidation of the city of Jacksonville and Duval County governments. Tanzler defeated Ritter in the Democratic primary, then easily defeated Republican William Hembree in the general election.
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A 1968 photo shows Mayor Hans Tanzler celebrating consolidation of county and city by standing on a ladder and putting up a new city limit sign at Florida 13 and Julington Creek with the help of actress Lee Meredith. As you might have expected, this photo, with Meredith arching her back, throwing her chest out as Tanzler smiled, became and iconic image of his administration.
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Tanzler used new revenues from consolidation to revitalize downtown. Among the projects were the creation of what is now the downtown campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville, the construction of a large-scale public health facility, and the completion of major commercial construction projects including the Independent Life building -- now known as the Wells Fargo Center.
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Normally Channel 4's George Winterling was the one giving out autographs, but during the city's 150th anniversary in 1972, he got Hans Tanzler wrote on picture with George: "To 'my Weatherman' George, with congratulations on a job well done." Winterling said Tanzler was four years ahead of him at Lee High School -- and 11 inches taller.