Last push to convince undecided voters
Voters asked to select mayor, sheriff, election supervisor and council members
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With early voting coming to an end and less than 48 hours until polls open on Election Day, the four candidates for mayor of Jacksonville continue to press the flesh to convince voters.
Republican challenger Bill Bishop and independent candidate Omega Allen spent part of Sunday at the Jax Young Voters Coalition.
"Whenever I meet somebody whose mind is not made up, I just talk about what I see as my vision for the city. Obviously I ask them what their opinions are, what are their issues so that I can explain how their concerns fit into what we're trying to do for the city to make it a great place for everybody," Bishop said.
"I try to convince undecided voters to vote for me by telling them I'm no party affiliation. My only obligation is to the people of Jacksonville. I honestly care about moving Jacksonville forward with the people of Jacksonville first and foremost in my concerns," Allen said
Republican challenger Lenny Curry continued a strategy he used through most of the campaign: phone calls and knocking on doors.
"Face-to-face contact with the people of Jacksonville. It gives me the opportunity to share my vision of Jacksonville but also hear what people are going through. What people's lives are like every day, Curry said.
Incumbent Democrat Mayor Alvin Brown was at an early voting rally at the Gateway Town Center. Brown was joined by Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. The mayor is asking for four more years.
"I want to say to undecided voters, Are we better off now than we were four years ago? Have things gotten better? When you think about it the answer is yes. I've worked with Republicans, Democrats and Independents. I brought business and civic community together. nonprofit and faith-based community together all working for Jacksonville I love this city. I believe in this city," Brown said.
In addition to the race for mayor, voters are asked to select the next sheriff, supervisor of elections and five at-large and their own district council member. Visit the News4Jax Jacksonville Voter's Guide to learn about all the races on the ballot.
The Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office said 5,636 cast ballots Sunday -- by far the largest number of any day during two weeks of early voting. Between absentee and early votes, 87,150 votes were cast through Sunday -- nearly 16 percent of registered voters have cast ballots.
All precincts will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Watch the results come in on News4Jax on air and online.
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