Alvin Brown Attends Obama Speech in Jacksonville
With President Barack Obama speaking in Jacksonville on Thursday, some eyes were on Mayor Alvin Brown. In 2011, Brown became the first Democrat to win a Jacksonville mayoral election since Ed Austin was elected back in 1991.
Despite Brown’s success and Obama losing Duval County by only 3 percent to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, Jacksonville remains something of a Republican stronghold. Brown has been careful not to appear to be too close to Obama. Back in 2012, Brown said he would vote for Obama but refused to publicly endorse him. When Obama held a campaign rally in Jacksonville last June, Brown was conspicuous by his absence.
But Brown was in attendance on Thursday when Obama spoke in Jacksonville. After introducing veteran Florida Democrat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, Obama pointed Brown out. “Mayor Alvin Brown is also in the house,” Obama said.