FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Daniel Henry, Chair
Duval Democratic Party Executive Committee
DUVAL DEMS CHAIR RESPONDS TO DUVAL GOP
JACKSONVILLE, FL, February 11, 2019 -- Duval County Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry today released the following statement in response to the Duval GOP’s false attacks.
“The Duval County Democratic Party represents every facet of our large and incredibly diverse community. On January 28th, our party passed a unanimous resolution opposing the re-election of Lenny Curry. We recognize the devastating impacts Curry has had on transparency in government, the continuation of the Curry Crime Wave, removal of opponents from city boards, bullying and demands of loyalty from public officials, and the attempted sale JEA.
“It is deeply saddening to see a fractured Duval GOP perpetuate partisan attacks during this unitary election. This is endemic of the toxic national political discourse Curry has brought to our community. Contrary to their false claims, we are unanimously certain the re-election of Curry is not in the best interest of Jacksonville and passed a resolution reflecting our views without the influence of any candidates.
“Although they claim the endorsement of two (2) Democratic officials represent “broad bi-partisan support”, nothing could be further from reality. In fact, it stands in direct contrast to the overwhelming and diverse opposition to Lenny Curry from members of the Democratic Party and the community as a whole.
“We reiterate our opposition to the re-election of Lenny Curry and encourage all Democrats to vote for the candidate that best represents Democratic values.”
Last week, our party membership unanimously passed a resolution opposing the re-election of Lenny Curry. Four more years of this incumbent will have devastating impacts on transparency in government, the continuation of the Curry Crime Wave, and the sale of public assets against the public’s expressed interest like JEA. We encourage all Democrats to make an informed decision in the Mayor’s race and reject former statewide Republican party boss, Lenny Curry.
Special interests and elected officials have tried to make the case that Curry, regularly crosses the aisle, and puts people before politics. Democrats reject that false narrative, and in fact, nothing can be further from the truth. Bi-partisan leaders don’t remove opponents from city boards, bully and demand loyalty from public officials, and reject calls for transparency.
For this and so many reasons, the Duval County Democratic Party opposes the re-election of Lenny Curry and encourages all Democrats to participate in the Mayoral election and vote for a candidate who best aligns with Democratic values.
I’m humbled and honored to become the Chair of the Duval County Democratic Party. My friend, mentor, and now predecessor, Lisa King has decided to run for Jacksonville’s City Council. Although we will miss her leadership, I know she is a leader our city needs to deliver on long overdue promises. She has my unwavering support and I look forward to seeing a selfless public servant elected to the council’s At-Large Group 1 seat this March.
Holding this position is even more of honor knowing I am the youngest and first African American male elected Chair in our local party’s history. With my dedicated years of party leadership, I take this mantle with the same passion and drive I had from the beginning of my service - hungry to lead an amazing and dedicated group of volunteers to victory!
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