Alvin Brown Supporters Celebrate Impending Victory

Alvin Brown Supporters Celebrate Impending Victory

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After watching the votes tally up in Alvin Brown's favor for hours, supporters and campaign staff celebrated the Democrat's impending victory right inside the Supervisor of Elections center.

"I'm happy to be a part of history. I'm happy to be a part of African American history, this city's history. This is a momentous, momentous occasion right now," said one campaign worker.

Through tears, supporters who have been with Brown from the start talked about what his victory meant to them. "We have a vision now to work towards, a vision to make Jacksonville the greatest city in Florida," said Travis Bridges, Duval County Democratic Chair.

And for people in Alvin Brown's corner, that mission begins tonight. 

"We're going to follow, and he's going to lead. We're so proud of Alvin Brown," said Bridges

Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW

Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With all 256 precincts reporting, Democrat Alvin Brown leads Republican Mike Hogan by 603 votes in the race for mayor.

With 190,557 votes cast for mayor, Brown captured 50.16 percent to Hogan's 49.84 percent, well within the margin for an automatic recount.

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Voters have just hours to decide who they want to be their next mayor in Jacksonville.

"If you're on the fence, it's time to make a decision," said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Before the polls open both Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown are trying to capture those undecided voters who could tip the scale in this election.

"Typically you have a wider split. Right now Democrats are leading by about 700 votes more than Republicans, which indicates it's going to be a very close race," said Holland.

Hoping to get a leg up, both candidates are pounded the pavement Monday tonight.

"I'm going to campaign, I'm going to campaign 24/7. Working, connecting with the voters, I'm not going to sleep," said Alvin Brown.

Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.

Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.

State Takes Action Against Companies Soliciting Fake Energy Audits

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has filed suit against Unlimited Energy Solutions, Inc., and nine individuals for violation of the Florida Telephone Solicitation Statute. The lawsuit was filed as a result of an investigation of numerous complaints received by the Department in regard to potentially illegal sales calls.

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the Jacksonville City Council's vote to create a paid fire department, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Several fires destroyed the downtown area a few months prior to the vote, according to a timeline on the Jacksonville Fire Museum's Website.  Three volunteer firefighters were injured and a fourth was killed while trying to fight that blaze.

The website indicates that the men did not know how to use the city's new fire engine.

Months later, on July 15, 1886, the Jacksonville Fire Department became a fully paid professional department.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department click here or visit the fire museum, located at 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard.

City Budget Online Survey Announced

With the second year of Community Budget Workshops complete, Mayor John Peyton today announced an additional way for Jacksonville residents to engage in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget preparation process.  For the first time, Jacksonville residents who were unable to attend one of the five Budget Workshops (held between February and April) may now submit their city service priority rankings online at www.myjaxbudget.com.  The online survey will be available from Monday, April 18 through Monday, May 2.