On Tuesday, the Duval County Democratic Party announced it had passed a resolution opposing the re-election of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (R), although there are no Democratic candidates running. Curry faces Councilwoman Anna Brosche (R), former Atlantic Beach City Councilman Jimmy Hill (R), and Omega Allen (I) in the March 19 general election. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held on May 14.
While the local party officially opposes Curry, both Curry and Brosche have gained endorsements from Democratic members of the council. Tommy Hazouri (D) endorsed Curry and appeared in a campaign ad in support of the incumbent. Brosche, meanwhile, picked up an endorsement from Garrett Dennis (D). There are still four other Democratic members of the city council who have not yet endorsed a candidate in the race. Four of the council’s 13 Republicans have endorsed in the race: all of them endorsed Curry.
Twenty-six of the 100 largest cities by population will be holding mayoral elections in 2019. Of those, five (Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Dallas) are among the 10 largest cities. Democrats currently hold the mayor’s office in 18 of the cities with elections this year, while Republicans and independents hold four each. In total, Democrats hold 60 of the 100 mayorships, while Republicans hold 28, Independents eight, and there are four mayors of unknown political affiliation. Tampa is the largest city by population in Florida and the 13th-largest city in the United States.